13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like SantaPark and Rovaniemi City Library. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rovaniemi, use our trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between 28°F and 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Winter Sports
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Lappi Areena ©
Lappi Areena

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 30th (Fri), get interesting insight from Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your understanding at Kid's Land, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to Snow Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Levi travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Levi, with lows of 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Trails

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

1
night
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 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in December; daily highs in Turku reach 34°F and lows reach 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

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

1
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 3rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere route website .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 31°F, while at night they dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°F in December, and nighttime lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Room Escape Games and Spas & Wellness. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Savonlinna to Helsinki by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 37°F and lows reach 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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