18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner
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— 6 nights
— 5 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Oulu
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night


Helsinki — 6 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Oodi Central Library. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Turku (Bike Rental - by Carfield, Turku Castle, &more). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the striking features of The National Library of Finland, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki journey site.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Mikkeli.
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Mikkeli — 5 nights

Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Provincial Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mikkeli: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Lappeenranta (Lappeen Marian kirkko & Lappeenranta Fortress). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Kolovesi National Park. There's more to do: get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli holiday planning app.

You can drive from Helsinki to Mikkeli in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Mikkeli at -1°C and lows at -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Oulu.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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Oulu — 3 nights

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oulu Cathedral and Rokuan Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, get outside with Superpark Oulu, and walk around Ainolan Puisto.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Oulu trip builder app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Mikkeli to Oulu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Oulu sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Rovaniemi.
Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Outdoors
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Rovaniemi — 2 nights

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Ranua Zoo and then make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Oulu to Rovaniemi by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oulu in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Levi.
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums
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Levi — 1 night

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): get all the equipment you need at Levi Ski Resort.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Levi day trip website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Adventure · Trails · Parks
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Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

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."

Lapland travel guide

Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.