15 days in Finland Itinerary

15 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
+3
Train + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  5 h 30 min
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Bus + 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.
Johannes Church and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to The Aalto House and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Venture out of the city with trips to Heureka (in Vantaa), Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and view the masterpieces at CraftCorner.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip website.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Francisco, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 37°F to lows of 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Heureka, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere 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 28th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Turku vacation app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 25°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) 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 Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): look for gifts at Patakirppis, kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Junnelius, and finally take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Pori day trip website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Pori are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) ©
Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko)
Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo ©

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), look for all kinds of wild species 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. Keep things going the next day: try to win big at Teivo Racetrack, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, then snap pictures at Hameensilta, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 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 ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Tampere to Saariselka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, Saariselka is little chillier than Tampere - with highs of 21°F and lows of 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and then hit the slopes at Kids' Land.

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

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 15°F, while at night they dip to -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

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

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