18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel planner.

Budapest, Hungary to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Budapest in November, plan for little chillier days in Helsinki, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, then trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 2:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Hameenlinna (Museo Militaria & Ahvenisto). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and test the waters at Tullin Sauna.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tampere using our trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Spas · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

For maps and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daytime highs in Koli National Park are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Koli National Park to Saariselka. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Koli National Park in December, with highs in Saariselka at -7°C and lows at -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Trails · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Levi itinerary maker website.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Trails · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ranua and see Ranua Zoo, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi holiday planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."