16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary maker.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Guatemala City in December, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 11:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): browse the collection at Turku City Library, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku tour itinerary builder tool.

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 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo.

Before you visit Tampere, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). Next up on the itinerary: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Levi tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect Levi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Nature · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

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."