14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Kuusamo
3
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
6
Ranua
— 2 nights
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Brisbane International Airport

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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Get some historical perspective at Johannes Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, take a stroll through Katajanokka, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Brisbane in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 19th (Sun), grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the design of Harmonia, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku online tour planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then stroll through Ruka, and then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo online trip planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Turku to Kuusamo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Turku in December: high temperatures in Kuusamo hover around -5°C and lows are around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 21:

Levi

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, stroll through Kids' Land, and then get interesting insight from Levi Ski Resort. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and finally bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Levi travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Levi by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka day trip planner.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

Ranua

— 2 nights
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 25th (Sat), get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ranua holiday maker website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Ranua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
Highlights from your trip

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."