13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 day
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Tampere

— 1 day

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 27th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planner.

Kalamazoo, USA to Tampere is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. When traveling from Kalamazoo in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Tampere, with highs around 37°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 28th (Sun), hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

Plan my day in Turku using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in November, and nighttime lows around 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:

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.
On the 29th (Mon), trek along Juutua Nature Trail and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Turku in November, expect Saariselka to be slightly colder, temps between 27°F and 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:

Levi

— 1 night
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 1st (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Levi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 26°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

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You can fly from Rovaniemi to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Savonlinna at 29°F and lows at 20°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mannerheim Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki online travel planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Helsinki by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 37°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 8:

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."