13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ivalo
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, stop by Ullanlinna, then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then engage your brain at Heureka, and finally get engrossed in the history at Finnish Aviation Museum.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Tijuana, Mexico to Helsinki is an approximately 28-hour flight. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Tijuana to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Tijuana in February; daily highs in Helsinki reach 0°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:

2
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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 9th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, pause for some serene contemplation at Martinkirkko, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In February, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:

1
night
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 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then see the interesting displays at Tampere Mineral Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and finally see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

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You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Tampere are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 11:

2
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Saariselka

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Popular historic sites such as Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Juutua Nature Trail (in Inari) and Pyha-Nattanen Fell (in Sodankyla). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Saariselka online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In February, Saariselka is slightly colder than Tampere - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 13:

1
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Akaslompolo

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then identify plant and animal life at Konijanka Petting Zoo, then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up, and finally look for gifts at Jemes Sport.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Akaslompolo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 14:

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.
On the 15th (Mon), make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally try your luck at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:

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."