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 + 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.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Turku visit 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 your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Spas
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): don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, then get your game on at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, then 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 reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 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 18th (Tue) early enough to 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
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark. On the next day, make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and finally explore and take pictures at Tatuka Palvelut.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online travel route planner .

Getting from Tampere to Rovaniemi by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Tampere - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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), tour the pleasant surroundings at Levi Ski Resort. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Kid's Land, then 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.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi online travel route planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

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), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari sightseeing planner .

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. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough 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 ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, look for gifts at Pikku Pietarin Torikuja, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then have fun at Vainolanniemi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kuopio trip planner .

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. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in December, with highs in Kuopio at -3°C and lows at -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
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), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, make a trip to Riihisaari, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip planner .

Getting from Kuopio to Savonlinna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can 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 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Room Escape Games and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, browse the exhibits of Fortress of Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, and steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation website .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough 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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