21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Pori
— 2 nights
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
6
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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 Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa). For shopping fun, head to Brunberg Candy Factory Shop or Stockmann Department Store. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Nasin Kartanon Galleria & Porvoo Old Town) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and make a trip to SkyWheel Helsinki.

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

Windhoek, Namibia to Helsinki is an approximately 20-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 °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market

2
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Turku

Turku ©
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, thenbuy 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, thenlearn 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 take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Turun Kauppahalli ©
Turun Kauppahalli

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
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, thenstroll through Yyteri Beach, thenhead 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 °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Shopping Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Yyterin Nakotorni ©
Yyterin Nakotorni

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
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, view the masterpieces at 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 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Kuusamo is slightly colder than Pori - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Pentik Hill, Jalavan Kauppa
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Jalavan Kauppa ©
Jalavan Kauppa
Pentik Hill ©
Pentik Hill

2
nights
Saariselka

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 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, thenexamine 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 °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Inari
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

3
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Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
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 Levi (Icekarting Levi & Kids' Land) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila).

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

Drive from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Levi, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
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 Arctic Circle Mall and Marttiini Store Old Factory. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, and explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip builder app.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi ©
Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi

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