12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Make it your trip
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Kokkola
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Helsinki

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and finally learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Dive Finland Oy, then don't miss a visit to SkyWheel Helsinki, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Hietaniemi Cemetery.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. You will leave for Tampere on the 29th (Tue).

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 29th (Tue), stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tampere sightseeing planning website.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore hidden gems such as Tatuka Reindeerfarm and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Change things up with a short trip to Korouoma Canyon in Posio (about 1h 40 min away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi visit planning app.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tampere in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

Kokkola

— 2 nights
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 6th (Wed), examine the collection at The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum, examine the collection at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum, then see the interesting displays at Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum, then see the interesting displays at K.H. Renlund Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Neristan (Old Wooden Town).

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kokkola online itinerary builder.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kokkola in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect Kokkola to be a bit warmer, temps between -5°C and -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kokkola

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

Discover how to plan a Helsinki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Kokkola to Helsinki with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."