18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Oulu
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Oulu
— 3 nights
Train
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Levi
— 1 night
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Turku Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Turku (Bike Rental - by Carfield & Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get advice or help at Oodi Central Library, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki visit planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. In December, Helsinki is little chillier than London - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 19:

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Provincial Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mikkeli: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Lappeenranta (Lappeen Marian kirkko & Lappeenranta Fortress). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Kolovesi National Park. There's more to do: get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli holiday planning app.

You can drive from Helsinki to Mikkeli in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Mikkeli at -1°C and lows at -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oulu Cathedral and Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. Take a break from Oulu with a short trip to Rokuan Kansallispuisto in Ahmas, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, head outdoors with Superpark Oulu, walk around Ainolan Puisto, and grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy.

To see reviews and tourist information, you can read our Oulu journey planner.

Getting from Mikkeli to Oulu by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranua Zoo and then make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Oulu to Rovaniemi by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oulu in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Levi

— 1 night
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 30th (Thu): stroll through Levi Ski Resort.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Levi day trip website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military 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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.