16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lieksa
— 3 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Akaslompolo
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of the city life by going to Bellevue Beach and Nuuksio National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take a stroll through Katajanokka, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Plan trip to Helsinki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Vitikkala Manor and Palander House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Rauhaniemi Beach and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Hameenlinna to see Evo Hiking Area about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tampere road trip site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Lieksa

— 3 nights
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. Get in touch with nature at Ukko-Koli and Neitikoski Rapids. Get out of town with these interesting Lieksa side-trips: Koli National Park (Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, Akka-Koli Hill, &more) and Utra Beach (in Joensuu). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lieksa trip planning website.

Getting from Tampere to Lieksa by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
On the 29th (Sun), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Akaslompolo road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Lieksa to Akaslompolo with the Route module. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lieksa in December, with highs in Akaslompolo at -5°C and lows at -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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."