12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Levi
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): gear up at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Levi day trip app .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Levi is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Levi is minus 3 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Trails

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
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 4th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, then admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Turku route maker tool .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in December, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

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

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 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 8th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip builder .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade, then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then don't miss a visit to Main Building of Military School, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kotka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Hamina
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Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Kotka in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Spas
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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