15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ivalo
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Popular historic sites such as Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to Old Market Hall, take in the exciting artwork at Okra, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker website.

Tirana, Albania to Helsinki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Tirana to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Tirana in December, you will find days in Helsinki are colder (3°C), and nights are slightly colder (-3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

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 26th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Turun Taidehalli, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then shop like a local with Galleria Joella, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Turku day trip tool.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vitikkala Manor and Haihara Art Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula), Pori Art Museum (in Pori) and Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, and browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tampere route maker app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Inari day trip tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between -7°C and -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
On the 1st (Wed), join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then stop by Jemes Sport, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Inari to Akaslompolo in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi attractions planning app.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

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."