16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chengdu
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Chengdu

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.
Pack the 24th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Chengdu, China to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Chengdu in December, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere is known for museums, historic sites, childrens museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and tour or see a game at Irti Maasta Tampere.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere online tour planner .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Parks Museums
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Portaali VR ©
Portaali VR
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

4
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.
Step out of Levi to go to Muonio and see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. On the 29th (Sat), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Tampere to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, things will get slightly colder in Levi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Tatuka Palvelut in Ylitornio, approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, and see Santa Claus Office.

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

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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