8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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8 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Athens
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Oulu
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
5
Inari
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
6
Tampere
— 1 day
train + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Athens

2
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): look for gifts at Marimekko. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, then learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

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Athens, Greece to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Athens in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Kajaani

Kajaani ©
On the 10th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolovesi National Park.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kajaani online travel planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Kajaani. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Kajaani reach -4°C and lows reach -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Kajaani

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kolovesi National Park
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Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 11th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then see the interesting displays at Oulun Taidemuseo, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Oulu online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Kajaani to Oulu in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): make a trip to Lordi's Square, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Oulu in December, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari travel route planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Inari, with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

1
day
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): look for gifts at Tammelantori and then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tampere itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Inari to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Inari in December, things will get a bit warmer in Tampere: highs are around 0°C and lows about -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tammelantori ©
Tammelantori

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