14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
Levi
— 1 night
Fly:  32​h
End: Sydney

1
night
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.
On the 29th (Sat), kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then look for gifts at Artisaani, and finally take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach
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2
nights
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 31st (Mon): kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tampere journey maker website .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Tampere to be a bit cooler, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a train to Turku.

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

2
nights
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 2nd (Wed): kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): head off the coast to Vepsa Island, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Turku can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

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Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 4th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Ruka, then see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo itinerary builder app .

Fly from Turku to Kuusamo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Turku in January, expect Kuusamo to be a bit cooler, temps between -10°C and -19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

1
night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): kick back and relax at Hiukka, get great views at Vuokatinvaara, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sotkamo trip website .

Drive from Kuusamo to Sotkamo in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Sotkamo, with lows of -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Sotkamo

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Vuokatti
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Hiukka ©
Hiukka
Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally get your game on at Kid's Land.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Levi online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Levi in 6.5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Sotkamo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Levi, with lows of -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
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Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

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