15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 1 day
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly

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Kouvola

— 1 day
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 20th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kouvola road trip planner.

Charlotte, USA to Kouvola is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Charlotte, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Kouvola, ranging from highs of 33°F to lows of 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature
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Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then get great views at Otsamo Fell.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Inari route planning website.

Fly from Kouvola to Inari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Kouvola, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Inari, ranging from highs of 21°F to lows of 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
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Saariselka

— 1 night
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 22nd (Sat), get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka travel planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Saariselka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 21°F, while at night they dip to 6°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Marttiini Store Old Factory. Keep things going the next day: catch a live event at Lappi Areena and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

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 25th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, then explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos, and finally look for gifts at Alko. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect Tampere to be somewhat warmer, temps between 31°F and 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
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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 27th (Thu), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Turku sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
Pack the 31st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

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Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

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."