16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Dallas

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. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki travel route planner.

Dallas, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Helsinki is 8 hours. Traveling from Dallas in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be little chillier, around 27°F, while days are much colder, around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
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 26th (Wed): browse the collection at Turku City Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Ett Hem Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then cool off at JukuPark Turku.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Irti Maasta Tampere, then get your game on at Portaali VR, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tampere route planner.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 22°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Museums Parks
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Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, make a trip to Satamankulma, then have fun at Vainolanniemi, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Kuopio online tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 27°F in December, and nighttime lows around 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
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Room Escape Games
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

1
night
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 1st (Tue), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Levi itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kuopio to Levi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kuopio in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Levi, with lows of -1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

3
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 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, stop by LAURI, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi route planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is a bit warmer at night with lows of 6°F. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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