16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner
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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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Old Market Hall and Sinkka. Step out of Helsinki to go to Vantaa and see Heureka, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, view the masterpieces at Galerie Forsblom, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planning tool.

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. Traveling from Dubai in July, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos, examine the collection at Postal Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then examine the collection at Hiekka Art Museum, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): 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.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can 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 LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Elan Ski Shop & Rentalfor some retail therapy. Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Seven Fells Up will get you outdoors. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Safartica Yllas in Yllasjarvi, approximately Yllasjarvi away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Levi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. July in Levi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruijanpolku Trail, then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and finally look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rukatunturi.
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Rukatunturi — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then look for all kinds of wild species at Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Rukatunturi online route planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Rukatunturi by car takes about 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car 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 7th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then 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 find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) 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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