17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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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
Drive:  2 h
5
Tampere
— 1 night
Train + Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Helsinki Cathedral and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna. Escape the urban bustle at Teijo National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki online day trip planner.

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) to allow enough time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks 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.
On the 29th (Fri), explore the activities along Saimaa Canal and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta travel planner.

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in November, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna holiday planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rauma trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Rauma takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Rauma are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Beaches Outdoors Parks

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, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tampere day trip website.

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

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 ©
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 architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then see the top attractions with Feelapland, and then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Lordi's Square, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and finally revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Inari trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Inari when traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with lows around -17°C. You will leave for home on the 10th (Tue).

Things to do in Inari

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

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