15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
5
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Akaslompolo
— 1 day
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki driving holiday website.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki. In December, Helsinki is a bit cooler than London - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

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 24th (Tue): get your bearings at Turku City Library, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

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 25th (Wed), enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then have some family-friendly fun at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally get your game on at PortaaliVR.

For reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games · Spas · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kuopio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, don't miss a visit to Paateri, then see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and then stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Akaslompolo

— 1 day
On the 30th (Mon), stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Akaslompolo takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in December, expect little chillier with lows of -15°C in Akaslompolo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally stroll through Kids' Land.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Levi holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Tatuka Reindeerfarm in Ylitornio, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planning site.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

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."