16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Turku
4
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Tampere
— 4 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Dubai

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Vantaa to see Heureka about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), stop by CraftCorner, make a trip to SkyWheel Helsinki, and examine the collection at The Finnish Museum of Horology.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in January, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between -3°C and -9°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 4:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lapland Safaris Saariselka and Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Saariselka travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get little chillier in Saariselka: highs are around -11°C and lows about -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ounasjoki - River for activities and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Change things up with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, and bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

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 11th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Kuusisto Manor, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Turku attractions planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Levi to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, Turku is somewhat warmer than Levi - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

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 Old Rauma. Visiting Yyteri Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, try your luck at Teivo Racetrack, step into the grandiose world of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, and take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Sat).

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

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."