16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Guatemala City
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 45 min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Guatemala City

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki tour itinerary maker.

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Helsinki is an approximately 19- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Guatemala City in December, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 12th (Thu): browse the collection at Turku City Library, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and then get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island. Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; 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 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vaski Adventure Island, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa), Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). There's lots more to do: stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo.

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Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Vitikkala Manor, Ahvenisto, Padasjoen Tuomastornit
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and have fun at Kids' Land.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect Levi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kittila, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel route builder.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Parks
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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