15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
train:  3​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
5
Turku
— 2 nights
6
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  5​h 45​min
End: St. Petersburg

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuuksio National Park and Kansallisgalleria. Venture out of the city with trips to Sapokka Water Garden (in Kotka) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka, pause for some photo ops at Aleksis Kiven patsas, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum.

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St. Petersburg, Russia to Helsinki is an approximately 3.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sapokka Water Garden, Porvoo Old Town, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 19th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm and then hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in October, things will get a bit cooler in Saariselka: highs are around 3°C and lows about -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Snow Village, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Levi journey tool .

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip app .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas ©
Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 24th (Thu): wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in October, you will find days in Turku are somewhat warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Pori trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Pori are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get outdoors at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Pohtiolampi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Rapola Ridge. When in Tampere, make a side trip to see Strutsitila Syrjynen in Palkane, approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower.

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Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Tampere are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Fun & Games

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Rapola Ridge, Strutsitila Syrjynen
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Pohtiolampi ©
Pohtiolampi
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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