17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Levi
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Raseborg Castle, Hvittrask and Helsinki Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sibelius Monument. There's lots more to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki tour itinerary tool .

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. In August, Helsinki is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Raseborg Castle, Hvittrask
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Flowpark, New Valamo Monastery, Imatra Waterfall, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and then have some family-friendly fun at Flowpark. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Valamo Monastery.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna tour app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Imatra Waterfall, Flowpark, Linnansaari National Park, New Valamo Monastery, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

1
night
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 5th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Sara Hilden Art Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Savonlinna to Tampere by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, then make a trip to Lordi's Square, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Turku in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hetta Huskies and Yllastunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Fell Lapland Visitor Centre in Enontekio, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Enontekio, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Giewont Husky Adventures, Yllastunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas
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Hetta Huskies ©
Hetta Huskies
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllastunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas ©

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