18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and The National Museum of Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Sapokka Water Garden (in Kotka), Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland, take in panoramic vistas at SkyWheel Helsinki, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki attractions planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

2
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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 traveler tips, reviews, photos, 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 fly. 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 drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

3
nights
Tampere

Manchester of the North

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 where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampere road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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 · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

2
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 more things to do, ratings, where to stay, 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 take a train; 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 · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

2
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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 · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

2
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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 find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 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 drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

2
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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.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo online journey planner.

You can drive from Levi to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. 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
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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."