14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Lahti
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Kuusamo
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Saariselka
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
8
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: London

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.
Visiting Hietaranta Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Fortress of Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, enjoy some friendly competition at Flamingo Entertainment Centre, and stop by Marimekko.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Shopping, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Flamingo Entertainment Centre
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kimito Island holiday maker .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Tours, #Wildlife, #Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 29th (Sat), browse the collection at Turku City Library, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kurjenrahka National Park. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Kuusisto Manor, then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Turku driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lahti.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kuusisto Manor, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

1
night
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 31st (Mon), fly down the slopes at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, then get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, and finally enjoy some diversion at Hohtokeila Lahti.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lahti route tool .

You can drive from Turku to Lahti in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Lahti

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Hohtokeila Lahti ©
Hohtokeila Lahti

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mustasaari day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Lahti to Mustasaari with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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few
hours
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): fly down the slopes at Ruka, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and finally get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mustasaari to Kuusamo. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mustasaari in January: high temperatures in Kuusamo hover around -10°C and lows are around -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Theme Parks, #Winter Sports, #Nature

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): hike along Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Levi road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

1
night
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 6th (Sun): make a trip to Lordi's Square, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Tours, #Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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