5 days in Finland Itinerary

5 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kemi
Drive
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Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Office.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planning site.

Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games
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Kemi

Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kemi travel planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -11°C. You will leave for Oulu on the 30th (Thu).

Things to do in Kemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
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Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu travel route builder site.

You can drive from Kemi to Oulu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Oulu

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

Jyvaskyla

— 1 night
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 31st (Fri), hit the slopes at Himos Ski Resort and then get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Toivolan Vanha Piha, then examine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Jyvaskyla takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Jyvaskyla are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."