20 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
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Lieksa
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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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.
Rovaniemi is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planning tool.

New Delhi, India to Rovaniemi is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Rovaniemi is minus 3.5 hours. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.
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Akaslompolo — 3 nights

Change things up with these side-trips from Akaslompolo: Levi (Levi Ski Resort & Icekarting Levi) and Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park).

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Akaslompolo trip planning tool.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In December, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lieksa.
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Lieksa — 3 nights

Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lieksa: Koli Nature Centre Ukko (in Koli), Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka) and Koli National Park (Rylays Hill, Ukko-Koli Hill, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, make a trip to Paateri, and explore the activities along Neitikoski Rapids.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lieksa journey planning app.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Lieksa in 9 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Akaslompolo in December: high temperatures in Lieksa hover around -1°C and lows are around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tampere.
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Tampere — 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Cross Church (in Parola), Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and get your game on at PortaaliVR.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip builder.

Getting from Lieksa to Tampere by car takes about 6.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.
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Helsinki — 5 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 lots more to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Tampere in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -3°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling 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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