21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Kuusamo
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and Nuuksio National Park. For shopping fun, head to Brunberg Candy Factory Shop or Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa). Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Nasin Kartanon Galleria & Porvoo Old Town). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and browse the different shops at Stockmann Department Store.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online tour planner.

Windhoek, Namibia to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Windhoek to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Windhoek in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and then deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Turku travel route builder app.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, then stroll through Yyteri Beach, then head outdoors with Yyterin Nakotorni, and finally steep yourself in history at Palace of Junnelius. Keep things going the next day: stop by Patakirppis and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pori trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 28th (Mon), hit the slopes at Ruka. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Jalavan Kauppa, shop like a local with Pentik Hill, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Pori to Kuusamo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Kuusamo is slightly colder than Pori - with highs of -5°C and lows of -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
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 30th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the next day, look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and finally get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Kuusamo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Saariselka, with lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Akaslompolo

— 3 nights
Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm will get you outdoors. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Akaslompolo Sportshop and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Levi (Icekarting Levi & Kids' Land).

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Akaslompolo online attractions planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore hidden gems such as Ranua Zoo and Sampokeskus Shopping Centre. Shop till you drop at Marttiini Store Old Factory and Arctic Circle Mall. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, get your game on at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, and find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

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.