15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Hamina
— 1 night
Drive
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Inari
— 1 day
Drive
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Melbourne

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mannerheim Museum and Pohjolan toimitalo. Explore hidden gems such as Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Venture out of the city with trips to Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg) and Church of St. Lawrence (in Lohja). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Elias Lonnrot Monument, visit Ullanlinna, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online itinerary planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Melbourne in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Hamina

— 1 night
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stop by Linden Esplanade, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Mansikkalahti, contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hamina online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Hamina takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Hamina

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Holy Cross Church. Get some historical perspective at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Tammelan kirkko. Change things up with a short trip to Jokioinen Museum Railway in Jokioinen (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Hamina to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Turku are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can fly to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Inari

— 1 day
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 18th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Inari trip builder website.

Fly from Turku to Inari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Turku in January, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between -11°C and -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then get your game on at Kids' Land.

Plan trip to Levi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Inari to Levi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:

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."