15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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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 Hakaniemi Market. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) for their historical value. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Brunberg Candy Factory Shop in Porvoo--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online trip builder.

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. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 23rd (Thu), hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planning website.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach and then shop like a local with Pori Art Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pori tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Pori are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks
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 (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus. Here are some ideas for day two: test the waters at Tullin Sauna and then view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tampere online trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to 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 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get advice or help at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka road trip website.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tampere in December; daily highs in Saariselka reach -7°C and lows reach -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Museums · Outdoors · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

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 29th (Wed): shop like a local with Elan Ski Shop & Rental and then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip maker website.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village and see Santa Claus Office.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."