16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Riyadh
Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  4 h 15 min
6
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Riyadh

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, thenexamine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, thenexplore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

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

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Savonlinna is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Riyadh in December: high temperatures in Savonlinna hover around -1°C and lows are around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, thenenjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Satamankulma.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kuopio tour planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Room Escape Games
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

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 31st (Mon), kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, thenbet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Levi day trip site.

You can fly from Kuopio to Levi in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kuopio in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

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 2nd (Wed): see Santa Claus Office, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, thendon't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Nature Wildlife
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 4th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka, thenstop by Shopping Center Kumpare, thenstop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Sat), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, thentake an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kuusamo to Turku takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, Turku is a bit warmer than Kuusamo - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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 6th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, get your game on at PortaaliVR, thenget your game on at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, thenexamine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Tampere, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Parks Beaches
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PortaaliVR ©
PortaaliVR
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Pieni Suklaatehdas & Porvoo Old Town). There's still lots to do: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, look for gifts at Artisaani, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Helsinki, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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