22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 9 nights
Drive
4
Enontekio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

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Rennes, France to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rennes to Helsinki. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rennes in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 31st (Fri): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally get your bearings at Turku City Library. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral and then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Turku

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

Saariselka

— 9 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, Otsamo Fell, &more). Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Ruijanpolku Trail, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka trip maker website.

Fly from Turku to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Turku in January, expect Saariselka to be slightly colder, temps between -11°C and -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Enontekio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 11:

Enontekio

— 3 nights
Step out of Enontekio to go to Kilpisjarvi and see Saana, which is approximately 1h 30 min away.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Enontekio trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Saariselka to Enontekio. January in Enontekio sees daily highs of -13°C and lows of -22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Enontekio

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for museums, wildlife, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, and fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker tool.

Explore your travel options from Enontekio to Rovaniemi with the Route module. Traveling from Enontekio in January, Rovaniemi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

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."