12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  21​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Cape Town

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 23rd (Sun), make a trip to Lordi's Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): find something for the whole family at SantaPark, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online route planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Rovaniemi is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, bus, and train. Traveling from Cape Town in December, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

2
nights
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 25th (Tue), make a trip to Snow Village, explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi. Keep things going the next day: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Levi sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Winter Sports Tours

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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 27th (Thu): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, and finally have fun at Moomin World. Here are some ideas for day two: let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turku vacation tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Levi in December: high temperatures in Turku hover around 1°C and lows are around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

4
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.
Pack the 31st (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, stroll through Sibelius Monument, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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