17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Ranchi
Fly:  17 h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h 45 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Ranchi

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bellevue Beach and Nuuksio National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Turku Castle (in Turku) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online journey planner.

Ranchi, India to Helsinki is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Ranchi to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Ranchi in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Bellevue Beach, Turku Castle, Inkoon kirkko
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pihamaa Estate & Winery and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Holy Cross Church and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Venture out of the city with trips to Birthplace of Jean Sibelius (in Hameenlinna), Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala) and Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) & Yyteri Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tampere day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Tampere to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pori, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Holy Cross Church, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa

4
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Popular historic sites such as Rovaniemi Church and German Soldier s Cemetery are in your itinerary. Visiting Safaris and Napapiirin Porofarmi will get you outdoors. When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi, approximately Pyhatunturi away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at Marttiini Store Old Factory, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tampere in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Safaris
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Saariselka

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 2nd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Akaslompolo tour planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Akaslompolo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Trails Adventure

Side Trips

Levi, Muonio
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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