14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly
2
Kemi
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport

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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): walk around Nuuksio National Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Kemi

— 2 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemi Church, then stop by Icebreaker Sampo, then take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kemi journey planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Kemi reach -3°C and lows reach -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Escape the urban bustle at Napapiirin Porofarmi and Pyha-Luosto National Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Feelapland and Pilke Science Centre. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, catch a live event at Lappi Areena, and stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Kemi to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Family-friendly places like Lemmenjoki National Park and Hippupuoti Gift Shop will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Otsamo Fell and The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Inari is little chillier at night with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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."