15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Tehran
Subway + 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
+2
Bus + 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.
Shop till you drop at Market Square Kauppatori and Sibelius Hall. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

Tehran, Iran to Helsinki is an approximately 12- hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of subway, flight, and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tehran to Helsinki is minus 1.5 hours. In December, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Tehran - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Spas

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Inkoon kirkko, Sibelius Hall
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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.
On the 26th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of the local shopping with Photographic Centre Peri, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Turku online trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Head to Vitikkala Manor and Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuonefor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti) and Linna Golf & Country Club (in Hameenlinna). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere day trip app.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can 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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): look for gifts at Stella, brush up on your military savvy at Communications Centre Lokki, view the masterpieces at Navetta Galleria, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, then get your bearings at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, and finally view the masterpieces at Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Mikkeli takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive 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), look for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Prisma.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Imatra

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Imatra to Rovaniemi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Imatra in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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