17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Kajaani
— Few hours
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Vuokatti
— 7 nights
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Kajaani
— Few hours
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Helsinki
— 2 nights

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Heureka and Helsinki Cathedral. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Haltia in Espoo--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get interesting insight from Tours, step off the mainland to explore Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For other places to visit and tourist information, read our Helsinki vacation builder website.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 Arctic Circle Mall. You'll discover tucked-away gems like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery). When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Kemi Church in Kemi, approximately Kemi away. And it doesn't end there: get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and take an in-depth tour of Forestry Museum of Lapland.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel planning website.

Take a train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a 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 · Nature · Theme Parks · Parks

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

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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 other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kajaani trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kajaani in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. 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

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Kajaani Church ©
Kajaani Church

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Vuokatti

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

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vuokatti road trip website.

Take a bus from Kajaani to Vuokatti in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. 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 · Beaches

Side Trips

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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti ©
Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti

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Kajaani

Kajaani
For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kajaani itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Vuokatti to Kajaani takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. You will leave for Helsinki on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Kajaani

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure
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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

Daughter of the Baltic

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.

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

You can take a train from Kajaani to Helsinki in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. 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 · Parks

Side Trips

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Heureka ©
Heureka
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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