12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly + train:  4​h
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Chicago

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, then hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park.

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Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 8 hours. While traveling from Chicago, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 26°F to lows of 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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.
Head to Elan Ski Shop & Rental and Akaslompolo Sportshopfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm will get you outdoors. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Snow Village in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Levi online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get slightly colder in Levi: highs are around 15°F and lows about -1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Kittila, Akaslompolo Sportshop
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Ruka, stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, then admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kuusamo day trip planning site .

Getting from Levi to Kuusamo by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 16°F during the day and 2°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 30th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kuusamo to Tampere takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, Tampere is somewhat warmer than Kuusamo - with highs of 23°F and lows of 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Finlayson Church ©
Finlayson Church

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 1st (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Adventure Park, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 27°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

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

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