15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Newark
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  11 h 15 min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
Train:  2 h
5
Lahti
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Newark

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): walk around Sibelius Monument, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then make a trip to Senate Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, stop by Marimekko, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaari Zoo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip site.

Newark, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Newark to Helsinki. Traveling from Newark in October, you will find days in Helsinki are colder (48°F), and nights are little chillier (35°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) ©
Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali)
Senate Square ©
Senate Square

4
nights
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 a short trip to Old Rauma in Rauma (about 1h 25 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Turku journey planning tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naantali, Kuusisto Manor, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
On the 15th (Mon), bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Levi Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Turku in October, with highs in Levi at 37°F and lows at 27°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Wed) before leaving for Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Trails

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 18th (Thu), observe the fascinating underwater world at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then make a trip to Tulenkantajat Literature Center & Bookstore, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Levi to Tampere by combination of bus and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in October, things will get a bit warmer in Tampere: highs are around 45°F and lows about 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lahti.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower

2
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Lahti Ski Museum, then have fun at Lahti Sports Center, then examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, and finally take in the waterfront at Vesijärvi harbor. On your second day here, explore the activities along Vaaksy Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristinkirkko, and then get a sense of history and politics at Lahti City Hall.

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Getting from Tampere to Lahti by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. October in Lahti sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Vaaksy Canal
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Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Vaaksy Canal ©
Vaaksy Canal
Lahti Sports Center ©
Lahti Sports Center

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