19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Kuusamo
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Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Ranua
— 2 nights
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Suvarnabhumi Airport

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Johannes Church and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Venture out of the city with trips to Pyhan Katarinan kirkko (in Karjaa), Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:

2
nights
Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Tampere travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Tampere to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

2
nights
Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 28th (Sat), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the design of Harmonia, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

1
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Kuusamo

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 30th (Mon), explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then hit the slopes at Ruka, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Turku to Kuusamo in 6.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Turku in December; daily highs in Kuusamo reach -5°C and lows reach -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

2
nights
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 31st (Tue): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Levi travel route planning tool.

Drive from Kuusamo to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Saariselka travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

2
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Ranua

Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an exotic tour of Ranua Zoo.

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Traveling by car from Saariselka to Ranua takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ranua

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your trip

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."