17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Vilnius
Fly:  5​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Rauma
— 1 night
5
Tampere
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
7
Inari
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Vilnius

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuksio National Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Teijo national park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Helsinki holiday maker site .

Vilnius, Lithuania to Helsinki is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. November in Helsinki sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal and then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta visit planner.

Take a train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. November in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 2nd (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

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Drive from Savonlinna to Rauma in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pori
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the views from Hameensilta, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere holiday planning app .

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then experience the excitement of Feelapland, and finally stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Lordi's Square, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampere in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Siida, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Inari visit planning tool .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect slightly colder evenings in Inari when traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with lows around -17°C. On the 10th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Inari

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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