16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Skopje
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6 h 30 min
3
Lieksa
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Skopje

4
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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary builder app.

Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Skopje in December, you will find days in Helsinki are slightly colder (3°C), and nights are about the same (-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 Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
When in Turku, make a side trip to see Louhisaari Manor in Askainen, approximately Askainen away. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary site.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Vaski Adventure Island
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, make a trip to Paateri, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and then go for a walk through Rylays Hill.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lieksa vacation planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Turku to Lieksa. In December in Lieksa, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, hit the slopes at Kids' Land, thenjoin the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Akaslompolo visit planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lieksa to Akaslompolo. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lieksa in December, with highs in Akaslompolo at -5°C and lows at -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Levi, Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 2nd (Thu), get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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