16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
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Hanko
— 1 night
Drive
3
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
4
Sastamala
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
8
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
9
Pelkosenniemi
— 1 night
Drive
10
Salla
— 1 night
Drive
11
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive
12
Vuokatti
— 1 night
Drive
13
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive
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Lappeenranta
Drive
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Kotka
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): wander the streets of Katajanokka and then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip site.

Mumbai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Helsinki. In January, Helsinki is cooler than Mumbai - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Hanko

— 1 night
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): make a trip to Gunnarstrand, make a trip to Pike's Gut, and then hike along Tulliniemi Nature Path.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hanko, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Helsinki to Hanko in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hanko can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Turku

— 1 night
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 5th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

Plan my trip to Turku with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Hanko to Turku in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Turku are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sastamala.

Things to do in Turku

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Sastamala

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, examine the collection at Pukstaavi, then have some family-friendly fun at The House of Mr. Clutterbuck, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sastamala day trip planning site.

You can drive from Turku to Sastamala in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Sastamala

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
Highlights from your trip

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

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): get a taste of the local shopping with Haihara Art Centre, stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere tour builder website.

You can drive from Sastamala to Tampere in an hour. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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 8th (Fri): look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and finally see Santa Claus Office.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampere in January; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -10°C and lows reach -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Levi

— 1 night
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 9th (Sat): stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and then head outdoors with Levi Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for little chillier nights in Levi, with lows around -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Adventure · Winter Sports · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Saariselka day trip planning app.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pelkosenniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Pelkosenniemi

— 1 night
Pelkosenniemi is a municipality of Finland.Pelkosenniemi is located in the province of Lapland. On the 11th (Mon), stroll through Pyhatunturi and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pelkosenniemi trip planning app.

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) to allow enough time to drive to Salla.

Things to do in Pelkosenniemi

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Salla

— 1 night
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 take an in-depth tour of Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Salla trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Pelkosenniemi to Salla in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Salla

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 13th (Wed), examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, then fly down the slopes at Ruka, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip maker app.

You can drive from Salla to Kuusamo in 1.5 hours. In January in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between -10°C during the day and -19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vuokatti.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Shopping · Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:

Vuokatti

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get great views at Vuokatinvaara, then kick back and relax 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.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vuokatti day trip website.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Vuokatti takes 3 hours. January in Vuokatti sees daily highs of -9°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Vuokatti

Beaches · Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Imatra

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lempukka Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, and finally look for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Imatra trip planner.

You can drive from Vuokatti to Imatra in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January in Imatra, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:

Lappeenranta

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Lappeenranta travel site.

Lappeenranta is very close to Imatra. In January, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. On the 15th (Fri), you'll travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:

Kotka

— 2 nights
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. On the 16th (Sat), wander the streets of Hamina Old Town, stroll through Aijanniemi Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and finally make a trip to Linden Esplanade.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kotka sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Kotka sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

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."