14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

St. Petersburg
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Sotkamo
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Oslo

2
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 10th (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Parola Tank Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then explore the world behind art at Serlachius Museum Gustaf.

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St. Petersburg, Russia to Tampere is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Tampere is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Tampere when traveling from St. Petersburg in December, with lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Museums, #Parks, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Serlachius Museum Gustaf, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Parola Tank Museum
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Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

2
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, then get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross.

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You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Rauma
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Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
days
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 15th (Sat): whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at Kid's Land, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Snow Village.

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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Turku in December, expect Levi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Levi

#Trails, #Tours, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

few
hours
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 17th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

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You can drive from Levi to Sotkamo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in December, with highs in Sotkamo at -2°C and lows at -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Theme Parks, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti
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Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti ©
Hiukka ©
Hiukka

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 18th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

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You can drive from Sotkamo to Savonlinna in 4.5 hours. December in Savonlinna sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
days
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Tainionkosken Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruokolahden Kirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko, examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sammonlahden Church.

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You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Imatra, Ruokolahden Kirkko
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Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko

3
days
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stromforsin ruukki and Hietaranta Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock Church and Fortress of Suomenlinna. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

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Getting from Lappeenranta to Helsinki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lappeenranta, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Stromforsin ruukki
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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