17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  14 h 30 min
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Kajaani
— Few hours
bus:  1 h
4
Vuokatti
— 7 nights
bus:  1 h
5
Kajaani
— Few hours
train:  6 h 30 min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
End: Helsinki

2
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temppeliaukio Church and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Haltia (in Espoo) and Heureka (in Vantaa). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, walk around Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, and find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki online route planner.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Haltia, Heureka
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Heureka ©
Heureka

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sampo Icebreaker. Do your shopping at Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus and Marttiini Store Old Factory. You'll discover tucked-away gems like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Arktikum. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Kemi (Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) & Kemi Church). And it doesn't end there: get curious at Pilke Science Centre, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel planning website.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kemi
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Forestry Museum of Lapland ©
Forestry Museum of Lapland
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas

few
hours
Kajaani

Kajaani ©
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kajaani Church.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kajaani trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kajaani in 4.5 hours. December in Kajaani sees daily highs of -4°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vuokatti.

Things to do in Kajaani

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki
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Kajaani Church ©
Kajaani Church

7
nights
Vuokatti

Vuokatti ©
Explore hidden gems such as Venajanhiekka and Hiukka. Get outdoors at Wild Taiga and Kainuun Vaellustalli. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vuokatti: Juuka (Paalasmaan Surukivi, Myllymuseo, &more), Nurmes Church (in Nurmes) and Wilds Piira (in Kuhmo).

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Vuokatti road trip website.

Vuokatti is just a stone's throw from Kajaani. In December, plan for daily highs up to -4°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kajaani.

Things to do in Vuokatti

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Juuka, Sotkamo, Kuhmo, Venajanhiekka, Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti ©
Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti

few
hours
Kajaani

Kajaani
To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kajaani itinerary planner.

Kajaani is just a short distance from Vuokatti. You will leave for Helsinki on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Kajaani

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 22nd (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), and then stop by Pien Shop & Bar. Keep things going the next day: get answers to all your questions at Haltia, then get curious at Heureka, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel route builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kajaani to Helsinki. Traveling from Kajaani in December, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Haltia, Heureka
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Heureka ©
Heureka
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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