14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Get in touch with nature at Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Amsterdam in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Museums · Adventure

Side Trip

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get outside with Bike Rental - by Carfield, then stop by Naantali Old Town, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku attractions planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trip

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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 14th (Tue), stop by Hameenkatu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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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 16th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Saariselka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampere in December: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -7°C and lows are around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

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Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails
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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 20th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi online trip maker.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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."