13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to La Guardia Airport, Drive to Hartford

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Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 20th (Mon), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip website.

Hartford, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Traveling from Hartford to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Hartford in December, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 22°F by day to 11°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Safartica Yllas and then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo online journey planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 23°F during the day and 9°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka visit planner.

You can fly from Akaslompolo to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are 21°F, while nighttime lows are 6°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and The National Museum of Finland. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. While traveling from Saariselka, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 37°F to lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

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 29th (Wed): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip builder app.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 25°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 30th (Thu), examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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."