14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Vilnius
Fly:  5 h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Tampere
— 1 night
+3
Train + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  6 h
6
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Vilnius

4
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.
Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Aalto House and Cathedral of Porvoo. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online trip itinerary maker.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Helsinki is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 31st (Tue), admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta day trip website.

You can take a train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Lappeenranta is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Lappeenrannan kirkko ©
Lappeenrannan kirkko
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna tour builder website.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna 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 -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Siikalahti Wetland, Kerimaki Church
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Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 3rd (Fri), get outside with Kuuskajaskari, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then delve into the distant past at The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rauma travel planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Rauma in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Savonlinna in January, expect Rauma to be somewhat warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Outdoors
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The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Kuuskajaskari ©
Kuuskajaskari

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the views from Hameensilta, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

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

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Church of Sodankyla and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Taatsin seita (in Kittila) and Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Saariselka route planning site.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and bus from Tampere to Saariselka in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tampere in January, with highs in Saariselka at -11°C and lows at -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Sodankyla, Taatsin seita
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Taatsin seita ©
Taatsin seita

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