8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Kajaani
— 1 night
3
Oulu
— 1 night
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
5
Inari
— 1 night
6
Tampere
— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): stop by Marimekko Oyj. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Athens in December, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -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
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

1
night
Kajaani

Kajaani
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kajaani trip tool.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Kajaani with the Route module. Traveling from Helsinki in December, things will get a bit cooler in Kajaani: highs are around -4°C and lows about -11°C. You will leave for Oulu on the 10th (Mon).

Things to do in Kajaani

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, then shop like a local with Kauppahalli, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu road trip planner.

You can drive from Kajaani to Oulu in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Oulu are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi holiday maker site.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Oulu in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari trip maker.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in December since evenings lows in Inari dip to -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.
On the 14th (Fri), look for gifts at Tammelantori and then stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Inari to Tampere in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Tampere is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can 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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