16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Savonlinna
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly
5
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Singapore

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kansallisgalleria and The National Museum of Finland. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo).

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday site.

Singapore, Singapore to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Helsinki. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. On the 21st (Mon), you'll travel to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 22nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then explore the galleries of Turku Castle.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Hame Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hameenlinna Church, then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tampere tour planning tool.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 26th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, pause for some photo ops at 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 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, contemplate the long history of Parikkalan kirkko, shop like a local with Johanna Oras Art Gallery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Salpa Line, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Saariselka Bowling.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka vacation site.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Saariselka in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, expect Saariselka to be slightly colder, temps between -7°C and -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Levi Ski Resort and Icekarting Levi. Visit Church of Sodankyla and Taatsin seita for their historical value. Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: get your game on at Kids' Land, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Levi driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

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."