22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly
2
Kemi
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
5
Inari
— 3 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

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Helsinki

— 7 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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Let the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Galleria Lapinlahti capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Artisaani, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Taipei, Taiwan to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Taipei to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is colder than Taipei - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30:

Kemi

— 4 nights
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Raahe Museum and Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kauppahalli and Kierikki Stone Age Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Haukipudas Church (in Haukipudas) and Oulu (Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, Toripolliisi, &more).

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kemi online route builder.

You can fly from Helsinki to Kemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Kemi hover around -3°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Let the collections at Arktikum and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum - Gallery Alariesto and Christmas House Santa. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Maupertuis Memorial (in Pello), Samiland (in Sirkka) and Jemes Sport (in Yllasjarvi). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online route planner.

Getting from Kemi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

Saariselka

— 1 night
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 9th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Step out of the city life by going to Lemmenjoki National Park and Lake Inari. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, and relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Inari trip planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Inari in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

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."