8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Inari
3
Inari
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stop by Katajanokka, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, then explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker app.

Detroit, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 7th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then test the waters at Tullin Sauna, and finally look for gifts at Tea Shop Veistrom.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, Tampere is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 31°F and lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 8th (Wed), experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between 21°F and 6°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
On the 9th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Rukatunturi visit planner.

You can drive from Inari to Rukatunturi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Rukatunturi can reach 20°F, while at night they dip to 7°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

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.
On the 10th (Fri), stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, and then look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Finland travel guide

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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."