23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
+2
train + foot + Fly:  21​h 15​min
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
Muonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Levi
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Helsinki
— 6 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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 13th (Thu): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Lordi's Square, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online tour itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rovaniemi is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka
On the 15th (Sat), find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then have fun at Action Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect little chillier with lows of -17°C in Saariselka. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Theme Parks, #Fun & Games, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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1
night
Muonio

Muonio
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): examine the collection at Muonion Kotiseutumuseo and then steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Muonio trip itinerary site .

Drive from Saariselka to Muonio in 3.5 hours. December in Muonio sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

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2
nights
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 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Snow Village, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally deepen your understanding at Kid's Land. Keep things going the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Levi tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Muonio to Levi by car takes about an hour. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

#Tours, #Winter Sports, #Adventure

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore Turku's surroundings by going to ArtBank (in Parainen) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, learn more about the world around you at Turku Biological Museum, gain insight at Turku Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in December, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Fun & Games

Side Trips

Naantali, Rauma, ArtBank
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Parola to see Holy Cross Church about 1h 10 min away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, see the interesting displays at Spy Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tampere online vacation maker .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mustasaari trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Tampere to Mustasaari in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Savonlinna takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Savonlinna sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

6
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.
Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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