14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

5
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.
Pack the 28th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki journey tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in April; daily highs in Helsinki reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 30th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then examine the collection at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip maker app .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In April in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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 (Thu): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Turku holiday planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Turku in May; daily highs in Levi reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy some diversion at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, see Santa Claus Office, take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 12°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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