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 8th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki tour planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, you will find days in Helsinki are little chillier (18°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Theme 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.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Keep things going the next day: see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere planning app .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to catch the 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 12th (Sun): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, then steep yourself in history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

Discover how to plan a Turku trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

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, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough 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.
On the 13th (Mon), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Turku in May: high temperatures in Levi hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports
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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 15th (Wed): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, see Santa Claus Office, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip tool .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 12°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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