17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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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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Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
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Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki route builder tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Helsinki. In November, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get advice or help at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, then see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, and finally stroll around Kultaranta Garden.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Turku travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planning app.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Jyvaskyla

— 1 night
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Toivolan Vanha Piha, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Jyvaskyla, then take an in-depth tour of Finnish Air Force Museum, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Tourujoen Luontopolku.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Jyvaskyla sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 8th (Sun), get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Lieksa

— 2 nights
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally stroll through Ukko-Koli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, then stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, and then trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lieksa tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Lieksa takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

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 11th (Wed): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranua Zoo, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker site.

Getting from Lieksa to Rovaniemi by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lieksa in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

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 13th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

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."