15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  32​h
1
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Kemi
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Helsinki
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h
5
Porvoo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Melbourne

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take a stroll around The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Inari driving holiday planning website .

Melbourne, Australia to Inari is an approximately 32-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Eastern European Time is minus 8 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Melbourne in November, with highs in Inari at -3°C and lows at -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 17th (Sun), hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall, and then see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Lordi's Square, browse the different shops at Sampokeskus Shopping Centre, then stop by Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip planner .

Getting from Inari to Rovaniemi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Safaris
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemi Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kemi online travel planner .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. November in Kemi sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio Church
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Bellevue Beach. Head to Market Square Kauppatori and ARTag Galleryfor some retail therapy. Step out of Helsinki to go to Inkoo and see Inkoon kirkko, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Fly from Kemi to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kemi in November, with highs in Helsinki at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Inkoon kirkko, Bellevue Beach, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

3
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): make a trip to Porvoo Old Town. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Riimikko, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, then examine the collection at Porvoo Doll and Toy Museum, and finally shop like a local with Taidetehdas - Culture and Congress Center.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Porvoo itinerary planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Porvoo by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hamina, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Riimikko ©
Riimikko
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church