12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then get your game on at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Tampere is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bengaluru in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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Akaslompolo

On the 31st (Thu), hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then hit the slopes at Kids' Land, then have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and finally don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo travel route builder website.

You can fly from Tampere to Akaslompolo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect Akaslompolo to be little chillier, temps between -5°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

2
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, have some family-friendly fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: see Santa Claus Office, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

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Drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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Koli National Park

Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
On the 4th (Mon), hike along Paha-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park road trip planning app.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach -9°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Family-friendly places like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka will thrill your kids. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temppeliaukio Church and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, get your game on at Labyrinth Games Room Escape, get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki tour itinerary planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Helsinki. Traveling from Koli National Park in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.