20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  27​h
Kimito Island
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Levi
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Perth

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Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Kimito Island travel itinerary planner .

Perth, Australia to Kimito Island is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Perth in December, expect Kimito Island to be much colder, temps between 3°C and -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of the city life by going to Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Kurjenrahka National Park. Visit Turku Castle and The Church of the Holy Cross for their historical value. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Old Rauma in Rauma, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Turku day trip planner.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Kurjenrahka National Park, Kultaranta Garden
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Vanha Kirkko, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally take in the views from Hameensilta. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mustasaari itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Mustasaari takes 4 hours. December in Mustasaari sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 25th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Venajanhiekka, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kajaani Church, and then explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Hiukka and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sotkamo online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Mustasaari to Sotkamo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daily temperatures in Sotkamo can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kajaani, Venajanhiekka, Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiukka ©
Hiukka
Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins

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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 27th (Thu): make a trip to Lordi's Square, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): find something for the whole family at SantaPark, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi route builder app .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. In December, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Sotkamo - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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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 29th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, make a trip to Snow Village, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. Pack the 2nd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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