15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Mikkeli
— 1 night
Drive
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Imatra
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

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.
Shop till you drop at Kamppi Shopping Centre and Artisaani. 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), Sibelius Hall (in Lahti) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation planner.

Tehran, Iran to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1.5 hour difference. In December, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Tehran - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

2
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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 Turun Taidehalli, 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.

For ratings, more things to do, 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 fly. 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 go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

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 Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Head to Vitikkala Manor and Haihara Art Centrefor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Hameenlinna (Linna Golf & Country Club & Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone) and Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, and browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Tampere

Shopping · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

1
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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 see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, 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
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

1
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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.

To see traveler tips, ratings, 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 · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 traveler tips, ratings, 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 · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."