14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Roanoke
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Roanoke

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 16th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, then get in on the family fun at SantaPark, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Roanoke, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. In December, Rovaniemi is much colder than Roanoke - with highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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 19th (Thu): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Snow Village, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, then get your game on at Kid's Land, and finally take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Levi attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. You'll explore and learn at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, wander the streets of Katajanokka, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 37°F and lows at 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then explore the world behind art at Hiekka Art Museum.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tampere travel planning app .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 31°F and lows are around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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nights
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 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, gain interesting insight with Ett Hem Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Turku online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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