7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
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Bus to Vienna, Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Levi
— 1 night
Fly
5
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly to Vienna, Bus to Bratislava

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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then examine the collection at Postal Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere travel planner.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Bratislava in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku holiday planner.

Drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Saariselka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Saariselka

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka route planning app.

You can fly from Turku to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Turku in December, with highs in Saariselka at -7°C and lows at -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

Make your Levi itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Helsinki

— 1 night

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 28th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take in the views from Rakkauden Silta, then stop by Katajanokka, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Levi in December, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

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."