16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  4​h
6
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos. On your second day here, see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampere itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Tampere is an approximately 21-hour flight. In December, Tampere is much colder than Johannesburg - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Emil Aaltosen Museo ©
Emil Aaltosen Museo

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 18th (Tue): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, and finally have fun at Moomin World. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Turku trip planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Snow Village, explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Turku to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Turku in December, things will get little chillier in Levi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (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
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rovaniemi, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, Mustasaari is a bit warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

5
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.
Pack the 27th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Rock Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Mustasaari to Helsinki with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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