17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Kemi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Helsinki
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
7
Porvoo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Singapore

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning site .

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Singapore in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
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Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, take in panoramic vistas at Tornion vesitorni, then take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, then admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), and finally admire the striking features of Kemi Church. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Kotielainpuisto Arkadia.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kemi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Kemi to be little chillier, temps between -3°C and -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Tornio, Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
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Kotielainpuisto Arkadia ©
Kotielainpuisto Arkadia
Tornion vesitorni ©
Tornion vesitorni

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit 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 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, Head underground at 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.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Kemi to Rovaniemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip 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. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

2
nights
Inari

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): explore and take pictures at Tuula's Reindeer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then explore and take pictures at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inari trip maker .

Getting from Saariselka to Inari by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Inari are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -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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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

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hours
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki route planner.

You can fly from Inari to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in December, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (3°C), and nights are much hotter (-3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catcht the bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums
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Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

3
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Castle Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, then walk around Sapokka Water Garden, then get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, and then enjoy the sea views from Söderskärin majakka.

Before you visit Porvoo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by bus from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -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 Shopping

Side Trip

Kotka
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

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