15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Akaslompolo
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planning site .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. In December, Helsinki is little chillier than London - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
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 24th (Tue): browse the collection at Turku City Library, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Ett Hem Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turku sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Room Escape Games

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 25th (Wed): enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then have some family-friendly fun at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Portaali VR.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tampere vacation planner.

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Spas Museums
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Portaali VR ©
Portaali VR
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 27th (Fri), see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then have fun at Vainolanniemi, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, don't miss a visit to Paateri, then see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower. On your second day here, explore the activities along Pielinen, then get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and then look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park day trip website .

You can drive from Kuopio to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

1
day
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

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You can drive from Koli National Park to Akaslompolo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Koli National Park in December, Akaslompolo is little chillier at night with lows of -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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 31st (Tue): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, and finally get your game on at Kid's Land.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Levi online journey planner .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Tatuka Palvelut in Ylitornio, approximately 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, look for gifts at LAURI, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Tatuka Palvelut
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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