15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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15 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nuuksio National Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Heureka (in Vantaa) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the striking features of Johannes Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder site .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki is 10 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for cooler days in Helsinki, with highs around 37°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park, Heureka
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): browse the collection at Turku City Library, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): stop by Patakirppis, enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then contemplate the long history of Palace of Junnelius, and finally take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Pori trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Patakirppis ©
Patakirppis

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 30th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus. On the next day, try your luck at Teivo Racetrack, then don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, then snap pictures at Hameensilta, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere day trip website .

Traveling by bus from Pori to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in December, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Fun & Games Casinos
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tampere in December, with highs in Saariselka at 21°F and lows at 6°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

3
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.
On the 3rd (Fri), get interesting insight from Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then admire all the interesting features of Icekarting Levi, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Levi trip itinerary planning tool .

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of 15°F and lows of -1°F at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Snow Village
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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