16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
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.
Head to Kamppi Shopping Centre and Galleria Lapinlahtifor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Nuuksio National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and look for gifts at Artisaani.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online vacation planner.

Doha, Qatar to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Doha in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 1st (Wed): browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, and then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Turku day trip app.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pori trip builder.

Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Pori can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, then explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos, and finally view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip planning website.

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Levi online day trip planner.

Getting from Tampere to Levi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tampere in January, with highs in Levi at -11°C and lows at -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi route tool.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

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."