11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bristol
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  9​h 15​min
End: Bristol

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Helsinki day trip app .

Bristol, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Bristol to Helsinki. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Tampere to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary site .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 31st (Mon), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi tour planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Turku in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 1st (Tue), make a trip to Lordi's Square, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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