10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

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10 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

2
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 cultural insight at Mannerheim Museum and Johannes Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Aalto House and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, don't miss a visit to SkyWheel Helsinki, take a stroll through Katajanokka, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planning website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Johannes Church ©
Johannes Church

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 22nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at S/S Salama.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, Savonlinna is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Paaskylahden kirkko ©
Paaskylahden kirkko

1
night
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 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species 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 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then get your game on at Kids' Land, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Snow Village.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Levi attractions planning website .

Getting from Savonlinna to Levi by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, expect Levi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
night
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 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner .

You can fly from Levi to Tampere in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 26th (Thu), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

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

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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