13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Fly
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lahti
— 1 night
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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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.
On the 8th (Wed), make a trip to Marttiini Store Old Factory and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and then see where the action happens at Lappi Areena.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker.

Mumbai, India to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in May, things will get cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around 12°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

Tampere

— 2 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 12th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach. On your second day here, find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Akaslompolo to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Akaslompolo in May, expect nights in Tampere to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Lahti

— 1 night
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Lahti City Hall, examine the collection at Lahti Ski Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ristinkirkko, then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, and finally see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland.

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Drive from Tampere to Lahti in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lahti can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral for their historical value. Do your shopping at Old Market Hall and Boss Shop. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, look for gifts at Marimekko, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki planner.

Getting from Lahti to Helsinki by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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."