12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: George Town, Penang Island
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
5
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: George Town, Penang Island

1
day
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and finally contemplate the long history of Kotka Church.

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George Town, Malaysia to Kotka is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from George Town to Kotka is minus 5 hours. Traveling from George Town in December, expect Kotka to be cooler, temps between -1°C and -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Kotka Church ©
Kotka Church

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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 19th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

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You can drive from Kotka to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

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

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 20th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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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 22nd (Sat): fly down the slopes at Levi Ski Resort.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Levi travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Turku in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
On the 23rd (Sun), take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Inari online attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Inari are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Aurinkolahti Beach. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), take a stroll through Katajanokka, and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be warmer, around -3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church