15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Turku
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Sao Paulo

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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Do your shopping at Hakaniemi Market and Galerie Forsblom. Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), take in the exciting artwork at ARTag Gallery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip site.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 5 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 5th (Sun), go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Inari is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Shop till you drop at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Levi Ski Resort and Icekarting Levi. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, approximately Kittila away. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Kids' Land, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Inari to Levi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Bellevue Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Pargas Lime Stone Quarry. Step out of Turku to go to Korpo and see Korpo Church, which is approximately 2h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip site.

Do a combination of flight and train from Levi to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in January: high temperatures in Turku hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Beaches · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 11:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Relax by the water at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Head to Laukko Manor and Galleria Rongafor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Mantta-Vilppula (Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art & Serlachius Museum Gustaf) and Jokioinen Museum Railway (in Jokioinen). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere travel route planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

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."