16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  14 h
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hanko
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Sastamala
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
5
Tampere
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Levi
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  3 h
8
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Pelkosenniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Salla
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
12
Vuokatti
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
13
Imatra
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
14
Lappeenranta
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
15
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Mumbai

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Katajanokka, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki sightseeing website.

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Mumbai to Helsinki is minus 3 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Mumbai in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Helsinki

Spas Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Spas

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Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. On the 4th (Mon), take in the pleasant sights at Gunnarstrand, contemplate the long history of Pike's Gut, and then trek along Tulliniemi Nature Path.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hanko trip planning site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Hanko in 2 hours. January in Hanko sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Wildlife Historic Sites Outdoors
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Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path
Pike's Gut ©
Pike's Gut

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Turku using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hanko to Turku takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Turku can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sastamala.

Things to do in Turku

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

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Sastamala

Sastamala ©
On the 6th (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, examine the collection at Pukstaavi, then have some family-friendly fun at The House of Mr. Clutterbuck, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sastamala online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Turku to Sastamala by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Sastamala

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums
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St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sastamala to Tampere takes an hour. In January, daytime highs in Tampere are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Spas

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally see Santa Claus Office.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online trip builder.

Getting from Tampere to Rovaniemi by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in January, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between -10°C and -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Levi trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Levi dip to -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

Start your trip to Saariselka by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Pelkosenniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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Pelkosenniemi

Pelkosenniemi ©
Pelkosenniemi is a municipality of Finland.Pelkosenniemi is located in the province of Lapland. On the 11th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyhatunturi and then explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pelkosenniemi trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Saariselka to Pelkosenniemi in 2.5 hours. In January in Pelkosenniemi, expect temperatures between -13°C during the day and -22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Salla.

Things to do in Pelkosenniemi

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi

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Salla

Salla ©
Salla is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Paikanselan Taistelualue and then learn about all things military at Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Salla online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pelkosenniemi to Salla takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Salla are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Salla

Historic Sites Museums
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Paikanselan Taistelualue ©
Paikanselan Taistelualue
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction ©
Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, get a taste of life in the country at Kujala Reindeer Farm, then hit the slopes at Ruka, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Salla to Kuusamo takes 1.5 hours. January in Kuusamo sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vuokatti.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Winter Sports Outdoors Shopping
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

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Vuokatti

Vuokatti ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara, enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka, then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kajaani Church.

Discover how to plan a Vuokatti trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Kuusamo to Vuokatti in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around -9°C in January, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Vuokatti

Beaches Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hiukka, Kajaani Church
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Kajaani Church ©
Kajaani Church
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

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Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 15th (Fri), see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, then stroll through Lempukka Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Tainionkosken Church, and finally stop by Imatran Kalatalo.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Imatra road trip planning site.

You can drive from Vuokatti to Imatra in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Imatra are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Imatrankoski ©
Imatrankoski
Tainionkosken Church ©
Tainionkosken Church
Imatran Kalatalo ©
Imatran Kalatalo

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Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
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Lappeenranta is just a short distance from Imatra. In January, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. On the 15th (Fri), you're off to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): wander the streets of Hamina Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Aijanniemi Beach, then stroll through Beach Mansikkalahti, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and finally take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kotka trip planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hamina Old Town
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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church