16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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 + Shuttle:  2 h 30 min
5
Inari
— 1 night
Shuttle + 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Turku is an approximately 21.5- hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, things will get colder in Turku: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the 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 Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 17th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then have some family-friendly fun 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, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Irti Maasta Tampere ©
Irti Maasta Tampere
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
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 19th (Wed): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally get a dose of the wild on Tatuka Reindeerfarm.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tampere in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -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 Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Kids' Land, then view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Levi online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 23rd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Inari itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kuopio trip maker app.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuopio takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in December; daily highs in Kuopio reach -3°C and lows reach -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland ©
RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Savonlinna trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. December in Savonlinna sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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 Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Mannerheim Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, walk around Sibelius Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and make a trip to Senate Square.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Helsinki using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can 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
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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