16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Turku
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
6
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
day
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 16th (Sun): gain insight at Turku Cathedral, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary maker site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Turku is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Turku to be colder, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 17:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
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 17th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, then tour or see a game at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere day trip site .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Irti Maasta Tampere ©
Irti Maasta Tampere
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 19th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally admire all the interesting features of Tatuka Palvelut.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Tampere in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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.
On the 21st (Fri), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Snow Village.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Levi online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Snow Village
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 24th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then have fun at Vainolanniemi, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuopio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in December, expect Kuopio to be a bit warmer, temps between -3°C and -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 26th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then get your bearings at Riihisaari, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Savonlinna sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Room Escape Games and Spas & Wellness. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, and contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki journey planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Room Escape Games

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