16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel 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
Fly

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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 appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Sinkka. Get some historical perspective at Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Vantaa to see Heureka about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Forsblom, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive 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, see the interesting displays at Postal Museum, explore the world behind art at Haihara Art Centre, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then admire the masterpieces at Hiekka Art Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Tammelantori, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna, then view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, and finally boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tampere day trip website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.
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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.
Head to Elan Ski Shop & Rental and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Galleryfor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo) and Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi). Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi and identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

Plan my day in Levi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tampere in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, then gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 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

Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland, see the winter wonderland with Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rukatunturi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rukatunturi takes 4.5 hours. In January in Rukatunturi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, surround yourself with nature 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. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, hit 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 find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to 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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