16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
6
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h
End: Bengaluru

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Katajanokka. Change things up with a short trip to Stromforsin ruukki in Ruotsinpyhtaa (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, see the interesting displays at Design Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Bengaluru, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Helsinki is minus 3 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Bengaluru in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Stromforsin ruukki
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rauhaniemi Beach and Spas & Wellness. Do some cultural sightseeing at Vapriikin Museokeskus and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Tammelan kirkko (in Tammela). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tampere trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Tampere to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Tammelan kirkko
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Ruokapuoti Lumo, & more) and Hanko (Pike's Gut & Gunnarstrand). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Turku day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Rauma, Hanko
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): get interesting insight from The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Turku in January; daily highs in Inari reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna day trip planning site .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Savonlinna in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Savonlinna, with lows around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 4th (Fri), kick back and relax at Hiukka, then get great views at Vuokatinvaara, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Venajanhiekka, then step into the grandiose world of Kajaani Castle ruins, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paltaniemi Church.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sotkamo trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -8°C in January, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Paltaniemi Church, Venajanhiekka, Kajaani Castle ruins
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins
Paltaniemi Church ©
Paltaniemi Church

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