15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tehran
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mikkeli
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Imatra
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  14​h 30​min
End: Tehran

5
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
For shopping fun, head to Market Square Kauppatori or Sibelius Hall. Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, look for gifts at Artisaani, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

Plan my day in Helsinki using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Tehran, Iran to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Iran Standard Time (IRST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In December, Helsinki is slightly colder than Tehran - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Sibelius Hall, Bellevue Beach, Inkoon kirkko
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): shop like a local with Photographic Centre Peri, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Turku online road trip planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Shop till you drop at Vitikkala Manor and Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti) and Linna Golf & Country Club (in Hameenlinna). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, shop like a local with Galleria Ronga, and take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Tampere driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Tampere

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Vitikkala Manor, Laukko Manor
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Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Spas

1
night
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 31st (Tue), stop by Stella, see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, take in the exciting artwork at Navetta Galleria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, then tour or see a show at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, and finally see the interesting displays at Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mikkeli travel route builder website .

You can drive from Tampere to Mikkeli in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Mikkeli are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Stella ©
Stella
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church ©
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church
Navetta Galleria ©
Navetta Galleria

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
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.
On the 1st (Wed), stop by Imatran Kalatalo, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Prisma.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Imatra vacation app .

You can drive from Mikkeli to Imatra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Imatra

Shopping Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Prisma
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Imatran Kalatalo ©
Imatran Kalatalo
Prisma ©
Prisma

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For reviews and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Imatra to Rovaniemi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Imatra in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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