18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Oulu
— 1 day
Drive
2
Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Pori
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Oulu

— 1 day
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 13th (Thu), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Oulu trip website.

Singapore, Singapore to Oulu is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Oulu due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in Oulu at -2°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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Saariselka

— 4 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hippupuoti Gift Shop and Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. When in Saariselka, make a side trip to see Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church in Inari, approximately Inari away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Saariselka road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Saariselka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Oulu in December, with highs in Saariselka at -7°C and lows at -17°C. On the 17th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 18th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally get curious at Pilke Science Centre. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Forestry Museum of Lapland, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, stop by Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus, then try to win big at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Pori.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife
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Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, examine the collection at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, then visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pori trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Pori in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Pori reach 1°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Spas · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Kotka

— 2 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, then explore the activities along Huutjarvi Lake, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa, and finally contemplate the long history of Kyminlinna Fortress. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kymi Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, then stroll through Aijanniemi Beach, and finally examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kotka trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Kotka in December, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (3°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."