14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
4
Sotkamo
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Oslo, Norway

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 10th (Mon), see the interesting displays at The Parola Armour Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, then kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then explore the world behind art at Serlachius Museum Gustaf.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tampere online road trip planner.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Tampere is an approximately 6.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Tampere. Traveling from St. Petersburg in December, plan for little chillier nights in Tampere, with lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, The Parola Armour Museum, Serlachius Museum Gustaf
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The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, then take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Rauma
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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 15th (Sat), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, then take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Turku to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Turku in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

1
day
Sotkamo

Sotkamo
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 17th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sotkamo route builder site.

You can drive from Levi to Sotkamo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in December; daily highs in Sotkamo reach -2°C and lows reach -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Theme Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti
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1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip site.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Savonlinna takes 4.5 hours. In December in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, see the interesting displays at Wolkoff House Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sammonlahden Church.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Imatra, Ruokolahden Kirkko
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Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

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 Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Stromforsin Ruukki in Ruotsinpyhtaa, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, stroll through Hietaranta Beach, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, and explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lappeenranta in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Stromforsin Ruukki
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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