15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Kajaani Airport, Drive to Sotkamo
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Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip tool.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Helsinki. Traveling from Riyadh in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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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 15th (Wed): stop by Hameenkatu, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then test the waters at Tullin Sauna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and then shop like a local with Laukko Manor.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, Tampere is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trip

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Sotkamo

— 2 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiukka. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sotkamo trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tampere to Sotkamo. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

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 19th (Sun), trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka tour website.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Saariselka takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sotkamo in December: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -7°C and lows are around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Escape the urban bustle at Levi Ski Resort and Safartica Yllas. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Levi trip maker tool.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

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 24th (Fri), stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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."