17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lahti
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Kittila
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Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nuorgam
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ranua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive to Vaasa Airport, Fly to Dallas

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kamppi Shopping Centre and Old Market Hall. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, and enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Helsinki using our trip planner.

Dallas, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dallas to Helsinki, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dallas in December, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 37°F by day to 27°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lahti.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 6:

Lahti

Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Musical Fountain and then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lahti trip maker site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Lahti in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, Lahti is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 30°F and lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Tampere.

Things to do in Lahti

Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

Tampere

— 1 night

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 7th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko and then kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Lahti to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in December, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kittila.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

Kittila

— 2 nights
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. You've now added Lapland Hotels SnowVillage to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): get your game on at Kids' Land, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kittila trip maker website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Kittila in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, things will get slightly colder in Kittila: highs are around 23°F and lows about 9°F. You will leave for Nuorgam on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Kittila

Fun & Games · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

Nuorgam

— 2 nights
Nuorgam is a village in the Utsjoki municipality in the region of Lapland, Finland. You've now added Aurora Holidays to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): join in the after-dark buzz at Aurora Holidays.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nuorgam online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kittila to Nuorgam takes 5 hours. Traveling from Kittila to Nuorgam, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kittila in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Nuorgam, with lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Nuorgam

Nightlife · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

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.
You've now added Safaris to your itinerary. On the 11th (Tue), get curious at Science Centre Pilke. On your second day here, revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nuorgam to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Nuorgam to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Nuorgam - with highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Ranua

— 2 nights
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Ranua Zoo. On the next day, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ranua journey planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Ranua takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 15th (Sat), you'll travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

Mustasaari

— 1 night
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 16th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mustasaari trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ranua to Mustasaari by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°F in December, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 16:

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."