14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  8 h
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Zurich

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get curious at Pilke Science Centre, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey maker site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Rovaniemi is 1 hour. While traveling from Zurich, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Marttiini Store Old Factory ©
Marttiini Store Old Factory

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Saariselka are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort, and then identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Keimiotunturi Fell and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Levi vacation planning website .

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Levi are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Keimiotunturi Fell
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 11th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo and then stroll through Ruka.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Kuusamo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Ruka ©
Ruka

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 12th (Sat), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Turku online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kuusamo in October; daily highs in Turku reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Rapola Ridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere sightseeing website .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Rapola Ridge
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nuuksio National Park and Kansallisgalleria. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Room Escape Games

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