18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
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Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Hamina
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Hamina
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly

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Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Vapriikin Museokeskus and Maltinranta Artcenter will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Yyteri Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala), Villa Mairea (in Noormarkku) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere visit site.

Valletta, Malta to Tampere is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Valletta to Tampere. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Valletta in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo in Salo, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, enjoy the music at Sibeliusmuseum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Turku online itinerary planner.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Turku to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Turku in December, things will get little chillier in Levi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 24th (Thu), get great views at Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Inari online travel route builder.

Getting from Levi to Inari by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. December in Inari sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Hamina

— 1 night
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the striking features of Hamina Fortress, then make a trip to Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Bunker Museum, and finally examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, see the interesting displays at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko.

Discover how to plan a Hamina trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Inari to Hamina. In December, Hamina is a bit warmer than Inari - with highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hamina

Museums · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Helsinki

— 4 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Get outdoors at Aurinkolahti Beach and Arctic Expedition. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Hvittrask in Kirkkonummi, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Katajanokka, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions site.

Drive from Hamina to Helsinki in 2 hours. Traveling from Hamina in December, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (3°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:

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."