18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
6
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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 discover tucked-away gems like Oodi Central Library and Room Escape Games. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Sapokka Water Garden (in Kotka), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, make a trip to The National Library of Finland, take a stroll through Katajanokka, and steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki attractions planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Sapokka Water Garden, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Oodi Central Library ©
Oodi Central Library
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 24th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, gain insight at Turku Cathedral, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku online vacation maker.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Room Escape Games. Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Mustiala Manor in Tammela, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and make a trip to Nasinneula Tower.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tampere road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Mustiala Manor
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 29th (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Marttiini Store Old Factory, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and finally get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, then get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Tampere - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Lordi's Square ©
Lordi's Square

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 31st (Thu), explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Pyha-Nattanen Fell and then get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm.

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Drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for little chillier nights in Saariselka, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Pyha-Nattanen Fell
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
Saariselka Reindeer Farm ©
Saariselka Reindeer Farm
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
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 2nd (Sat): make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, then visit Inghams Mini Husky Experience, then get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, and finally get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then ski along the peaceful trails at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, then look for gifts at Jemes Sport, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Giewont Husky Adventures, Jemes Sport, Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages
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Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages
Giewont Husky Adventures ©
Giewont Husky Adventures
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 4th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo online journey planner.

You can fly from Levi to Kuusamo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Theme Parks Shopping Museums
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Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre
Kujala Reindeer Farm ©
Kujala Reindeer Farm

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