15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary builder

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
4
Imatra
— 1 night
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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Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sinebrychoff Art Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa) and Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop & Porvoo Old Town). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, wander the streets of Katajanokka, see the interesting displays at Finnish Aviation Museum, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning tool.

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

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 22nd (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Skanssi, and finally contemplate the long history of Kuusisto Manor.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Tampere

— 1 night

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 24th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Postal Museum, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip builder site.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Imatra

— 1 night
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, stop by Rajamarket, then see the interesting displays at Karelian Farmhouse Open Air Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korpikeidas, and finally steep yourself in history at Lappeenrannan raatihuone.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Imatra visit planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Imatra in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°F in December, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

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.
On the 26th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Otsamo Fell, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and finally look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka holiday planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Imatra to Saariselka in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Imatra in December; daily highs in Saariselka reach 21°F and lows reach 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll through Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Levi tour planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ranua trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Ranua in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Ranua

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 31st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka. Keep things going the next day: stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pentik Hill.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Ranua to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°F, and evening lows to 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your trip

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."