12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
5
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Saint Louis

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, walk around The Esplanadi Park, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki tour builder site.

Saint Louis, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Saint Louis to Helsinki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saint Louis in December: highs in Helsinki hover around 37°F, while lows dip to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Saariselka: temperatures range from 21°F by day to 6°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Step out of Levi to go to Yllasjarvi and see Safartica Yllas, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Sat) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, get all the equipment you need at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see photos and tourist information, read Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, and experience rural life at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 11°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

Planning Tampere trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Tampere is somewhat warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 31°F and lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your trip

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."