16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  9​h
5
Saariselka
— 1 night
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Singapore

2
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kansallisgalleria and The National Museum of Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral of Porvoo and Porvoo Old Town.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool .

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. On the 21st (Mon), you're off toTurku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porvoo
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
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Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 22nd (Tue), examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, and then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Turku online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Hame Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hameenlinna Church, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Hameenlinna
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 26th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, and finally explore the galleries of S/S Salama. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Parikkalan kirkko, get a taste of the local shopping with Johanna Oras Art Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Salpa Line, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Johanna Oras Art Gallery, Parikkalan kirkko
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 28th (Mon), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and finally enjoy some friendly competition at Saariselka Bowling.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary site .

Do a combination of train and flight from Savonlinna to Saariselka in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, things will get a bit cooler in Saariselka: highs are around -7°C and lows about -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Inari
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Saariselka Bowling ©
Saariselka Bowling

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Levi Ski Resort and Safaris. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Icekarting Levi and Church of Sodankyla. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Kittila (Snow Village & Taatsin seita). There's lots more to do: get your game on at Kids' Land, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Levi online road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kittila, Church of Sodankyla
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Taatsin seita ©
Taatsin seita

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