17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Katajanokka. Get a sense of the local culture at Rock Church and Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Haltia - The Finnish Nature Centre in Espoo, about 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, step off the mainland to explore Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trips

Haltia - The Finnish Nature Center, Heureka
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Heureka ©
Heureka
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You've now added Sampo Icebreaker to your itinerary. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like SantaPark and Pilke Science Centre. Take a break from the city and head to Syvasenvaara Fell and Auttikongas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Kemi (Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery) & Kemi Church). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, and make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kemi
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Forestry Museum of Lapland ©
Forestry Museum of Lapland
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas

few
hours
Kajaani

Kajaani ©
Start 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.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kajaani trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kajaani in 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -4°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel 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 ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hiukka and Wild Taiga. Visiting Venajanhiekka and Wilds Piira will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Winter War Museum Raatteen Portti (in Suomussalmi), Juuka (Paalasmaan Surukivi, Myllymuseo, & more) and Nurmes Church (in Nurmes).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Vuokatti travel route planner .

Vuokatti is just a short distance from Kajaani. In December, plan for daily highs up to -4°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Vuokatti

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Juuka, Kuhmo, Sotkamo, 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

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hours
Kajaani

Kajaani
To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kajaani travel planning app .

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

Things to do in Kajaani

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 22nd (Sat), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), and then stop by Pien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Haltia - The Finnish Nature Centre, engage your brain at Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki driving holiday planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kajaani to Helsinki. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kajaani in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Museums Nature

Side Trips

Haltia - The Finnish Nature Center, Heureka
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Haltia - The Finnish Nature Center ©
Haltia - The Finnish Nature Center
Heureka ©
Heureka
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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