13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Pori
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
5
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  16​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nuuksio National Park and Room Escape Games. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Turku Castle (in Turku) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki day trip planner.

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in November, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 40°F and 32°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Turku Castle, Porvoo Old Town, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Fri), stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tampere online trip maker .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. November in Tampere sees daily highs of 37°F and lows of 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Spas
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 8th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, then make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Pori trip app .

Getting from Tampere to Pori by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In November in Pori, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Snow Village and then glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally get your game on at Kids' Land.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Pori to Levi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In November, Levi is little chillier than Pori - with highs of 26°F and lows of 15°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park and then stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Saariselka online travel route planner .

Fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Saariselka sees daily highs of 27°F and lows of 16°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and then look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 28°F, while at night they dip to 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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