19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 15​min
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
Johannesburg

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 Room Escape Games and Kansallisgalleria. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Rock Church, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Fun & Games
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Savonlinna hover around -1°C and lows are around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

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
Riihisaari ©
Riihisaari

1
day
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 21st (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, then see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kuopio online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Levi.

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Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Room Escape Games

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 22nd (Sat): make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and then deepen your understanding at Kid's Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Levi itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Kuopio to Levi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuopio in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Winter Sports, #Outdoors, #Adventure

Side Trip

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

3
days
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step off the beaten path and head to SantaPark and Syvasenvaara Fell. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, see Santa Claus Office, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

1
day
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 28th (Fri), experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Kuusamo sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Museums
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Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

2
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, and then make a trip to Naantali Church.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku tour builder site .

Getting from Kuusamo to Turku by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kuusamo in December; daily highs in Turku reach 1°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Naantali Church, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 31st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, then get in on the excitement at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planning app .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

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