15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Lahti
— 1 night
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, stop by Ullanlinna, and look for gifts at Marimekko.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki journey planner.

The Valley, Anguilla to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from The Valley to Helsinki is 6 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from The Valley in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

Kimito Island

— 1 night
On the 29th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kimito Island day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kimito Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 30th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku holiday planner.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tampere journey builder app.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Lahti

— 1 night
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): have some family-friendly fun at Lahti Minigolf Centre Laune, then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall, then admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, and finally enjoy some friendly competition at Hohtokeila Lahti.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lahti sightseeing site.

Drive from Tampere to Lahti in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Lahti sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lahti

Fun & Games · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lahti to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lahti in January, with highs in Rovaniemi at -10°C and lows at -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 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."