15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Tampere
— 1 night
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Imatra
— 1 night
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Ranua
— 1 night
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights

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Helsinki

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop & Porvoo Old Town) and Heureka (in Vantaa). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church, wander the streets of Katajanokka, get engrossed in the history at Finnish Aviation Museum, and don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planning site.

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 10 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in December, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 37°F and lows about 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Sinebrychoff Art Museum ©
Sinebrychoff Art Museum
Johannes Church ©
Johannes Church

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 22nd (Tue), buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Skanssi, and finally contemplate the long history of Kuusisto Manor.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turun Kauppahalli ©
Turun Kauppahalli

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Tampere

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 24th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Postal Museum, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip builder site.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, stop by Rajamarket, then see the interesting displays at Karelian Farmhouse Open Air Museum, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korpikeidas, and finally make a trip to Lappeenrannan raatihuone.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Imatra visit planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Imatra in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°F in December, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Rajamarket ©
Rajamarket
Korpikeidas ©
Korpikeidas

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Saariselka

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.
On the 26th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Otsamo Fell, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and finally look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka holiday planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Imatra to Saariselka in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Imatra in December; daily highs in Saariselka reach 21°F and lows reach 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

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Levi

Levi ©
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 28th (Mon): get all the equipment you need at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, hit the slopes at Kids' Land, then identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Levi tour planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are 22°F, while nighttime lows are 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

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Ranua

Ranua ©
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ranua trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Ranua in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 31st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka. Keep things going the next day: stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop and then take in the exciting artwork at Pentik Hill.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Ranua to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°F, and evening lows to 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Pentik Hill ©
Pentik Hill

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