16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Train to Helsinki, Fly to Levi
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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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online vacation planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in November, you will find days in Helsinki are much colder (5°C), and nights are slightly colder (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, make a trip to Louhisaari Manor, then stroll through Kultaranta Garden, and finally find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip planning site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. November in Turku sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Theme Parks

Side Trips

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— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Tampere sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:


— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 23rd (Sat), fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then stroll through Levi Ski Resort. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi online trip maker.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Levi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tampere in November: high temperatures in Levi hover around -3°C and lows are around -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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— 3 nights

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 25th (Mon): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then see Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."