10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  25​h
1
Levi
— 1 day
2
Inari
— 1 night
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

1
day
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 8th (Sun), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Levi travel route planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Levi is an approximately 25-hour flight. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Tours Trails
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Inari online day trip planner .

Getting from Levi to Inari by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Tours Museums
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The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
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 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, shop like a local with Haihara Art Centre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Laukko Manor, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally stop by Keittioelamaa.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tampere road trip planning website .

Getting from Inari to Tampere by combination of shuttle, flight, and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Laukko Manor
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Emil Aaltosen Museo ©
Emil Aaltosen Museo
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get a taste of the local shopping with Photographic Centre Peri, soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vepsa Island, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Turku tour itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, then hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, then look for gifts at Artisaani, and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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