14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
3
Oulu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kemijarvi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
End: Tampere

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Keep things going the next day: see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online trip builder .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, Tampere is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 7th (Sat), kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then steep yourself in history at Oulu Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Ainolan Puisto, get curious at Tietomaa, and then see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Oulu road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Tietomaa ©
Tietomaa
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, see Santa Claus Office, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi visit planning app .

Take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Oulu in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kemijarvi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Parks
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Kemijarvi

Kemijarvi
Kemijärvi is a municipality of Finland. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Joutsijarven Bunkkerit and then glide through natural beauty at Ski Resort Suomutunturi.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kemijarvi trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kemijarvi in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kemijarvi are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -16°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kemijarvi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Ski Resort Suomutunturi
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