16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Turku
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  5​h 30​min
5
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Hamina
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Turku

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Old Rauma are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Cathedral and Louhisaari Manor. Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum & Marela Museum House). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

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Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Turku. In November, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some cultural insight at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampere Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parola Tank Museum and Mediamuseo Rupriikki. Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Cross Church (in Parola), Birthplace of Jean Sibelius (in Haemeenlinna) and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa (in Sastamala). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, examine the collection at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and admire the masterpieces at Hiekka Art Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tampere day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parola, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tampere to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tampere in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Inari are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and then examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Tainionkosken Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Saimaa Kanal Museum, and finally examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta travel route website .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Inari to Lappeenranta in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in December, expect Lappeenranta to be a bit warmer, temps between -1°C and -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Imatra
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Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

1
night
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. On the 11th (Tue), admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Hamina online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Lappeenranta to Hamina in 1.5 hours. In December in Hamina, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hamina

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, Bunker Museum
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Bunker Museum
Bunker Museum
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Room Escape Games. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Hvittrask in Kirkkonummi, about 34 minutes away. Pack the 15th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, head off the coast to Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, and stop by TeeMaa Tea House.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki journey app .

Traveling by car from Hamina to Helsinki takes 2 hours. When traveling from Hamina in December, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Hvittrask, Vantaa Art Museum
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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