15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tehran
bus + Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Imatra
— 1 night
train + Fly:  6​h
6
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  14​h 30​min
End: Tehran

4
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Bellevue Beach and Aurinkolahti Beach. For shopping fun, head to Market Square Kauppatori or Galerie Forsblom. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Inkoon kirkko in Inkoo, about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, browse the different shops at Jumbo Shopping Center, and look for gifts at Artisaani.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online day trip planner .

Tehran, Iran to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Iran Standard Time (IRST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tehran in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Jumbo Shopping Center, Bellevue Beach, Inkoon kirkko
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 25th (Wed), browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and then take in the exciting artwork at Photographic Centre Peri. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally view the masterpieces at Gallery A.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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 27th (Fri): stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, then get into the urban bustle at Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone, and finally examine the collection at Parola Tank Museum. On your second day here, browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, shop like a local with Haihara Art Centre, then take in the exciting artwork at Laukko Manor, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tampere vacation planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Tampere

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Parola Tank Museum, Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone, Laukko Manor, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor
Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 29th (Sun), stop by Stella, get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, then learn about all things military at Communications Centre Lokki, then explore the galleries of Art Centre Salmela, and finally take an in-depth tour of Woikosken Automuseo. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Church, revel in the low prices at Rapio Mill, then take in the exciting artwork at Navetta Galleria, and finally view the masterpieces at Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Mikkeli road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Mikkeli takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mantyharju, St. George Church, Rapio Mill
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Art Centre Salmela ©
Art Centre Salmela
Stella ©
Stella
Navetta Galleria ©
Navetta Galleria

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 31st (Tue), look for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lempukka Beach, then stroll through Lammassaari Island, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Prisma.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Imatra online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Prisma
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatran Kalatalo ©
Imatran Kalatalo
Prisma ©
Prisma

1
night
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 1st (Wed), view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi visit planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Imatra to Levi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Imatra in December, expect Levi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Shopping Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Giewont Husky Adventures
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Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Marttiinin Shop Wanha Tehdas (Old Factory).

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip site .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Fun & Games Shopping
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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