16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Train
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Train
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 8 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for museums, wildlife, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see where the action happens at Lappi Areena, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from London in August: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 3rd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, stroll around Ainolan Puisto, then shop like a local with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, and finally pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral and then get curious at Tietomaa.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu road trip site.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Oulu are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

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 5th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and finally walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Oulu to Tampere in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Helsinki

— 8 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 8th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 14:

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."