13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Mumbai

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and then admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, wander the streets of Katajanokka, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the views from Rakkauden Silta, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Helsinki. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Mumbai in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka route builder app.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: highs in Saariselka hover around -7°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): see the winter wonderland with Safartica Yllas and then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 21st (Tue), see Santa Claus Office, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

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Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Fun & Games · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, things will get a bit warmer in Turku: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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Tampere

— 3 nights

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 24th (Fri): kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then stop by Hameenkatu. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Suomen Pelimuseo, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then test the waters at Tullin Sauna.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Spas · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

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."