23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Levi
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Turku
— 5 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Nairobi

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Stromforsin ruukki and Kallio Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Hietaranta Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Porvoo (Pieni Suklaatehdas & Porvoo Old Town), Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa) and Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning site .

Nairobi, Kenya to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Nairobi to Helsinki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is much colder than Nairobi - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Porvoo, Stromforsin ruukki, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Aurlahti Beach
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): kick back and relax at Hiukka, then enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling, and then take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Venajanhiekka, then step into the grandiose world of Kajaani Castle ruins, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Paltaniemi Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sotkamo trip itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Sotkamo. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Sotkamo hover around -2°C and lows are around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Venajanhiekka, Paltaniemi Church, Kajaani Castle ruins
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Hiukka ©
Hiukka
Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Paltaniemi Church ©
Paltaniemi Church

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 16th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online day trip planner .

Getting from Sotkamo to Savonlinna by car takes about 4.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siida and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Discover out-of-the-way places like Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Action Park. Get out of town with these interesting Inari side-trips: Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Hippupuoti Gift Shop (in Saariselka).

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari trip planning app .

Getting from Savonlinna to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Savonlinna in December: high temperatures in Inari hover around -7°C and lows are around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Levi Ski Resort and Snow Village. Step out of the city life by going to Yllas Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, get your game on at Kid's Land, and wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner .

Getting from Inari to Levi by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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 24th (Mon): kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

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

Getting from Levi to Tampere by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Tampere: highs are around 0°C and lows about -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Korpo Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Pike's Gut (in Hanko), Nagu Church (in Nagu) and Pargas Church (in Parainen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Vepsa Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church, and delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

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Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Hanko, Naantali, Pargas Church, Korpo Church, Nagu Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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