14 days in Helsinki & Kuusamo Itinerary

14 days in Helsinki & Kuusamo Itinerary

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14 days in Helsinki & Kuusamo Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 10 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Helsinki

10
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Hyvinkään kaupunginmuseo (in Hyvinkaa), Ahvenisto Activity Park (in Haemeenlinna) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary builder website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Porvoo, Savijarvi Gard Manor, Ahvenisto, Vantaa Art Museum, King's Road
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 1st (Tue), hit the slopes at Ruka and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then get outside with Karhunkierros, and then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip planner .

Fly from Helsinki to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Kuusamo to be slightly colder, temps between 23°F and 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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