17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— Few hours
Drive
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Porvoo
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Singapore Changi Airport

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Helsinki

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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in November, with highs in Helsinki at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Kemi

Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Tornio Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Tornion vesitorni, get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, then explore the world behind art at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemi Church. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kemi trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Kemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Kemi reach -3°C and lows reach -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi route planning website.

Traveling by car from Kemi to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Museums
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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 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka journey planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Saariselka, with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks
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Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Inari in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Wed) before leaving for Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

On the 11th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Inari, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums
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Highlights from your trip

3
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Porvoo

Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town. On your second day here, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, and then don't miss a visit to Söderskärin majakka.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Porvoo trip maker.

Drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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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."