11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  15​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
Sund, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip tool .

Charlotte, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Charlotte to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Charlotte in December, plan for colder days in Helsinki, with highs around 37°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna

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Levi

Levi ©
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 23rd (Sun): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi sightseeing site .

Getting from Helsinki to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Levi at 22°F and lows at 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

2
days
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Lordi's Square, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi road trip tool .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Tampere.

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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
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SantaPark ©
SantaPark

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Suolijarvi Beach, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hiekka Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 31°F and lows reach 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Turku.

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Suolijarvi Beach ©
Suolijarvi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Emil Aaltosen Museo ©
Emil Aaltosen Museo

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and finally enjoy some diversion at Moomin World.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Turku travel app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sund.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Fun & Games, #Museums

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

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days
Sund, Aland Island

Sund is a municipality of Åland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the masterpieces at Alands konstmuseum, and finally stroll through Lilla holmen. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, try to win big at PAF Casino, then admire all the interesting features of Wiklof Holding Arena, and finally steep yourself in history at The Maritime Quarter.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sund day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Turku to Sund. In December, daily temperatures in Sund can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sund

#Fun & Games, #Museums, #Casinos

Side Trips

Mariehamn, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Wiklof Holding Arena ©
Wiklof Holding Arena

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