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
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 45 min
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: London

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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online route planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, things will get a bit cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Turku driving holiday planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Bonk Museum, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Bonk Museum ©
Bonk Museum

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Snow Village (in Kittila). And it doesn't end there: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For photos and tourist information, read Levi trip planning site .

You can fly from Turku to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, Levi is a bit cooler than Turku - with highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kittila, Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka journey planner.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -10°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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