16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Bus
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Train
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, make a trip to Senate Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour planner.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Milan in January, expect nights in Helsinki to be a bit cooler, around -9°C, while days are much colder, around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Saariselka holiday planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Saariselka at -11°C and lows at -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 30:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 3rd (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the galleries of LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 4th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then see the interesting displays at Spy Museum.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Levi to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in February; daily highs in Tampere reach -1°C and lows reach -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, get advice or help at Turku City Library, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and pedal to the sights with Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Turku online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Turku, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."