12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
+2
bus + train + Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hanko
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  13​h 15​min
End: Abu Dhabi

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Aurinkolahti Beach. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Katajanokka, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stadin Panimo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour itinerary maker .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In December, Helsinki is colder than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

1
night
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 20th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, take in panoramic vistas at Hanko Water Tower, then contemplate the long history of Pike's Gut, and finally get engrossed in the history at Hanko Museum.

Planning Hanko trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Drive from Helsinki to Hanko in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Hanko are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Pike's Gut ©
Pike's Gut
Hanko Museum ©
Hanko Museum

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then get in on the excitement at Irti Maasta Tampere, then have some family-friendly fun at Portaali VR, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tampere holiday planner .

Getting from Hanko to Tampere by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall
Irti Maasta Tampere ©
Irti Maasta Tampere

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tampere to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, things will get a bit cooler in Levi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, stop by LAURI, and then experience the excitement of Feelapland.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Theme Parks
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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