15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Linkoping
Drive:  11 h 45 min
1
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
2
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  4 h 15 min
3
Inari
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
End: Linkoping

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, get all the information you need at Riihisaari, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Savonlinna trip site.

Linkoping, Sweden to Savonlinna is an approximately 17.5- hour car ride. You can also fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Linkoping to Savonlinna due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Linkoping in December, expect Savonlinna to be a bit cooler, temps between -1°C and -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Porvoo Old Town and The National Museum of Finland. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, walk around Sibelius Monument, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Korkeasaari Zoo.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning site.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In December, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Savonlinna - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

Discover how to plan a Inari trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in December, you will find days in Inari are little chillier (-7°C), and nights are colder (-17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stroll through Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi journey planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see Santa Claus Office, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, and finally see where the action happens at Lappi Areena.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip tool.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Lappi Areena ©
Lappi Areena

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 31st (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then get your game on at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Historic Sites Parks
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Irti Maasta Tampere ©
Irti Maasta Tampere
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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 2nd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Turku online trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova