10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route maker

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
3
Levi
— 1 night
Fly
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Katajanokka and Mannerheim Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Johannes Church and The National Museum of Finland. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), take in the exciting artwork at CraftCorner, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take a tour of S/S Salama.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip tool.

Drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Savonlinna reach -1°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Levi

— 1 night
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 23rd (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Levi trip planner.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Levi in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, things will get little chillier in Levi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tampere sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 26th (Thu): browse the collection at Turku City Library, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Turku road trip app.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."