11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

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

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 7th (Sat): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Levi itinerary maker .

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

Things to do in Levi

Trails Outdoors 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

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 9th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Laukko Manor. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then shop like a local with Galleria Ronga, and finally stop by Keittioelamaa.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tampere online attractions 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. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Laukko Manor
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Photographic Centre Peri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, and stop by Artisaani.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel route website .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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