15 days in Finland Itinerary

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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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip website.

Seattle, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 10 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Seattle in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turku.
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Turku — 2 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Alppiruusupuisto, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then get all the equipment you need at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with VMB Fishing, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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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.
On the 28th (Wed), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, view the masterpieces at Valokuvakeskus Nykyaika, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally test the waters at Tullin Sauna. Keep things going the next day: get to know the resident critters at Gegwen Getaways, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Koli National Park.
Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
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Koli National Park — 3 nights

Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, and get great views at Rylays Hill.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Koli National Park are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Rovaniemi — 2 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 2nd (Mon), Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then make a short side trip with Day Trips, and finally stop by Arctic Design Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Santa Claus Village and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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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."