16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
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Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Kuusamo Airport, Drive to Rukatunturi
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Los Angeles

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 10 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in December, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Tampere

— 2 nights

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 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach and then boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Tampere: highs are around 31°F and lows about 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors · Museums · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at Rukaland and then surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rukatunturi trip itinerary maker website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tampere to Rukatunturi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampere in December: high temperatures in Rukatunturi hover around 20°F and lows are around 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Pyha-Luosto National Park and Ranua Zoo. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planning site.

You can drive from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

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.
On the 29th (Wed), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): take an exotic tour of Safartica Yllas and then soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Saariselka

— 2 nights
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 31st (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park. On the next day, take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Saariselka.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are 21°F, while nighttime lows are 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your trip

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."