12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Inari
— 1 night
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Oulu
— 3 nights
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Dive Finland Oy and King's Road. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Helsinki Cathedral and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and stop by Taiga Colors.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Rome, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Rome, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to fly to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Inari trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect nights in Inari to be much colder, around -17°C, while days are a bit cooler, around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Inari

Historic Sites
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Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Visiting Lapponia Safaris - Day tours and Koitelinkoski will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and Kemi Church are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nallikari Beach, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, stroll around Hupisaaret Park, and appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

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You can fly from Inari to Oulu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Oulu is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of -2°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Turku.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally make a trip to Naantali Old Town.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turku online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Oulu to Turku takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Turku is somewhat warmer than Oulu - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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Finland travel guide

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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."