17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
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Levi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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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.
Pack the 13th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, train, and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Dublin in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 13:

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 14th (Sat): browse the collection at Turku City Library, contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, then get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally make a splash at JukuPark Turku.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Turku tour builder website.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo, have some family-friendly fun at PortaaliVR, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip builder.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Explore Koli National Park's surroundings by going to Joensuu (Joensuu Church & Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ukko-Koli, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park road trip site.

Getting from Tampere to Koli National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. December in Koli National Park sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

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 22nd (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Levi day trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Koli National Park to Levi. In December, Levi is little chillier than Koli National Park - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, take a memorable tour with Feelapland, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

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

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Theme Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

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."