15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Saariselka
— 4 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport

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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki vacation planning app.

Louisville, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. In January, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Louisville - with highs of 26°F and lows of 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

2
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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 7th (Fri): kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then view the masterpieces at Turun Taidehalli, then steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Naantali Old Town, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then explore the galleries of Turku Castle.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Turku online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°F, and evening lows to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

1
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tampere online route planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

2
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, then see Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on Tatuka Reindeerfarm, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi route planner.

Getting from Tampere to Rovaniemi by combination of train and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampere in January; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 16°F and lows reach 6°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

2
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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get interesting insight from Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Kids' Land, take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Levi, then stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Levi, with lows of -1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Juutua Nature Trail & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka trip builder site.

Fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 15°F during the day and 1°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."