16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Riyadh
Fly:  20​h 45​min
Savonlinna
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Riyadh

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 28th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna vacation builder .

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Savonlinna is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Riyadh to Savonlinna due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in December, expect Savonlinna to be cooler, temps between -1°C and -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Satamankulma.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio day trip site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. December in Kuopio sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Fun & Games, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Snow Village.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kuopio to Levi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kuopio in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Tours

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): have fun at Santa Claus Office, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. On your second day here, get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, look for gifts at LAURI, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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SantaPark ©
SantaPark
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): stroll through Ruka, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo travel route planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Kuusamo are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Sat), browse the collection at Turku City Library, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip planning app .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kuusamo in January; daily highs in Turku reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then get your game on at Portaali VR, then have some family-friendly fun at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere visit planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January in Tampere, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

#Fun & Games, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Portaali VR ©
Portaali VR
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Pieni Suklaatehdas & Porvoo Old Town). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki journey planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games

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