16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Tampere
— 2 nights
4
Kuopio
— 2 nights
5
Levi
— 3 nights
6
Saariselka
— 1 night
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Take a break from Helsinki 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, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki holiday planning app.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 25th (Wed), browse the collection at Turku City Library, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Tampere

Tampere ©

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, have some family-friendly fun at PortaaliVR, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tampere driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Fun & Games · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

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Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 29th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally have fun at Vainolanniemi. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Satamankulma.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tampere to Kuopio in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Room Escape Games
St. Nikolaos Cathedral ©
St. Nikolaos Cathedral
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Levi travel route planner.

Fly from Kuopio to Levi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kuopio in December, things will get little chillier in Levi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Giewont Husky Adventures ©
Giewont Husky Adventures

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Saariselka tour planner.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris