16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Levi
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki — 4 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Sinkka. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Heureka in Vantaa, approximately Vantaa away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki route planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Dubai to Helsinki, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is colder than Dubai - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.
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Tampere — 2 nights

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 28th (Wed): explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos, examine the collection at Postal Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then explore the world behind art at Hiekka Art Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Tammelantori, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna, then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, and finally test the waters at Tullin Sauna.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tampere day trip site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Tampere to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Levi.
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Shopping · Museums · Beaches · Parks
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Levi — 3 nights

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
For shopping fun, head to Elan Ski Shop & Rental or LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Safartica Yllas. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Akaslompolo to see Seven Fells Up about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Levi visit planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Levi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tampere in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Saariselka.
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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.
On the 2nd (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, get interesting insight from Tours, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, then stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka trip maker app.

You can drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rukatunturi.
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Rukatunturi — 1 night

On the 4th (Wed), indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland, see the winter wonderland with Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rukatunturi vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rukatunturi takes 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Rukatunturi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.
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Rovaniemi — 3 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 5th (Thu), get a taste of life in the country at Napapiirin Porofarmi, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally get curious at Science Centre Pilke. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi attractions planning tool.

Drive from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Finland travel guide

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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."
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