15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
+2
Bus + Foot + 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa) and Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mannerheim Museum and Loviisan kirkko. Venture out of the city with trips to Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo). There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church, make a trip to SkyWheel Helsinki, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary planning website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Cape Town in April: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 9°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Porvoo, Loviisan kirkko
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
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.
On the 6th (Mon), browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Skanssi, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip planning tool.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 9°C, while at night they dip 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 Shopping Historic Sites
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Turun Kauppahalli ©
Turun Kauppahalli
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 8th (Wed): examine the collection 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. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere journey maker tool.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Tampere are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trip

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

1
night
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): pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find out how to plan a trip to Savonlinna, use our trip itinerary maker.

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

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Icekarting Levi and Kids' Land. Step out of Levi with an excursion to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila--about 46 minutes away. Spend the 12th (Sun) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Savonlinna to Levi takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in April, expect nights in Levi to be about the same, around -4°C, while days are slightly colder, around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): stop by Your Piece Of Finland and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi online travel planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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