15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Cape Town

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.
Visit Mannerheim Museum and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum for their historical value. Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Loviisan kirkko (in Loviisa) and Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, don't miss a visit to The National Library of Finland, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary planning app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Cape Town in April, things will get colder in Helsinki: highs are around 9°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Porvoo, Loviisan kirkko
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Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Johannes Church ©
Johannes 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Skanssi, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then explore the galleries of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Turun Kauppahalli ©
Turun Kauppahalli
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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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 8th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally stop by Ideapark. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere driving holiday planner .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Ideapark
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Icekarting Levi. Step out of Levi with an excursion to Snow Village in Kittila--about 46 minutes away. On the 12th (Sun), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Levi travel planning website .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Levi takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Savonlinna in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Levi, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi itinerary planning app .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland

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