16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Levi
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Porvoo Old Town, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Pack the 23rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

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Islamabad, Pakistan to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Islamabad to Helsinki is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Islamabad in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be little chillier, around -3°C, while days are cooler, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 27th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

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Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

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 29th (Sat): get advice or help at Turku City Library, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get your game on at Moomin World, then stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

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You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities. On your second day here, explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Turku to Levi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Levi is slightly colder than Turku - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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 2nd (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then make a trip to Lordi's Square, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

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You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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."