21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Fly
1
Oulu
— 2 nights
Train
2
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Bus
3
Kittila
— 2 nights
Bus to Rovaniemi, Train to Helsinki
4
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Train
5
Espoo
— 1 night
Train to Pasilansilta, Bus to Porvoo
6
Porvoo
— 1 night
Bus to Pasila, Train to Turku
7
Turku
— 2 nights
Train
8
Helsinki
— 1 night
Train
9
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Karachi

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Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, and then view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, get a taste of the local shopping with Kauppahalli, and then contemplate the long history of Oulu Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu journey maker.

Karachi, Pakistan to Oulu is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will appreciate attractions like LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and Arktikum. Visiting Pyha-Luosto National Park and Ranua Zoo will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, have fun at Santa Claus Office, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app.

Take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Oulu in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Kittila.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

Kittila

— 2 nights
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safartica Yllas and then explore the world behind art at Sarestoniemi Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage and then look for gifts at Jemes Sport.

For maps and tourist information, use the Kittila vacation maker site.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kittila by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Kittila, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kittila

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Helsinki

— 2 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.
Let the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Okra capture your imagination. Shop till you drop at Kamppi Shopping Centre and Old Market Hall. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kittila to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kittila in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Espoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

Espoo

— 1 night
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. On the 30th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with Dive Finland Oy, admire the masterpieces at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, and then have fun and explore at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Espoo travel site.

Espoo is just a short distance from Helsinki. In December, daytime highs in Espoo are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Espoo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Porvoo

— 1 night
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo and then get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Porvoo trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Espoo to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 1st (Sat), get all the equipment you need at Bike Rental - by Carfield, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku journey builder.

Getting from Porvoo to Turku by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Helsinki

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

On the 3rd (Mon), take in the views from Rakkauden Silta, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally walk around Kaisaneimi Park.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Helsinki journey builder app.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Family-friendly places like Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna and Sarkanniemi Theme Park will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will appreciate Laukko Manor and Mediamuseo Rupriikki. There's much more to do: test the waters at Tullin Sauna, stop by Hameenkatu, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."