9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Train to Helsinki, Fly to Dusseldorf



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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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and explore the engaging exhibits at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online trip itinerary planner.

Dusseldorf, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Dusseldorf to Helsinki is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Dusseldorf in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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 21st (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Adventure · Winter Sports · Trails
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Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 23rd (Thu), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online route builder.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Shopping · Fun & Games · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): test the waters at Tullin Sauna and then stop by Tea Shop Veistrom. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tampere online trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Tampere: highs are around 0°C and lows about -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping
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Finland travel guide

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."