19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ivalo
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Katajanokka and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Shop till you drop at Hakaniemi Market and Galleria Lapinlahti. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Bellevue Beach in Hanko, about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki travel planning website.

Bengaluru, India to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 3.5 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

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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 9th (Mon): stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then explore the galleries of Turku Castle.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Vesilahti to see Laukko Manor about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Keittioelamaa, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, take an in-depth tour of Milavida Museo, and see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

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You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Step out of Saariselka with an excursion to Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church in Inari--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampere in December; daily highs in Saariselka reach -7°C and lows reach -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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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 17th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally admire the masterpieces at Sarestoniemi Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Levi online trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Winter Sports · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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Akaslompolo

On the 19th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On your second day here, stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and then catch all the local highlights with Feelapland. On your second day here, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi journey builder.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
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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."