11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train + bus:  3​h 30​min
2
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  5​h 45​min
5
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Manchester

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 in touch with nature at Korkeasaari Zoo and Hietaranta Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip website .

Manchester, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Manchester in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 11th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kimito Island trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kimito Island are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Nature Historic Sites Parks
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 12th (Sat): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, and then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Vaasa trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Turku to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January in Vaasa, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

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.
On the 15th (Tue), ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On your second day here, glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi route planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Vaasa to Levi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vaasa in January, things will get slightly colder in Levi: highs are around -11°C and lows about -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 17th (Thu), make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To see ratings and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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