17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Ranchi
Fly:  17​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Ranchi

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Bellevue Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Turku Castle (in Turku) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, take a stroll through Katajanokka, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki driving holiday website .

Ranchi, India to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Ranchi in December, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Turku Castle, Nuuksio National Park, Inkoon kirkko, Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get in touch with nature at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa (in Sastamala), Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala) and Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) & Yyteri Beach). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tampere travel planning tool .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In December, Tampere is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pori, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Holy Cross Church, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

4
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Get outdoors at Safaris and Pyha-Luosto National Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, and see Santa Claus Office.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Tampere - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Safaris
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, then have fun at Action Park, and finally stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka road trip app .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in January, with lows around -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Trails

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins and then ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo driving holiday planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports Parks Trails

Side Trips

Muonio, Levi
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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