4 days in Finland Itinerary

4 days in Finland Itinerary

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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.
On the 26th (Sun), learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder website.

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
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Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 26th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Oulu hover around -2°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Historic Sites · Shopping
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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get a taste of life in the country at Napapiirin Porofarmi, see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oulu in December, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games · Wildlife · Parks
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Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 29th (Wed), get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Inari vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Inari is slightly colder at night with lows of -17°C.

Things to do in Inari

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Finland travel guide

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."