16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
4
Inari
— 1 night
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Explore hidden gems such as Stromforsin ruukki and Kansallisgalleria. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Design Museum, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland.

For ratings and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki. While traveling from San Francisco, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 37°F to lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Stromforsin ruukki
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. You'll explore and learn at Louhisaari Manor and Kylamaki Village of Living History. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Hanko (Bellevue Beach & Pike's Gut). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Vepsa Island.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Turku journey maker tool .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hanko, Louhisaari Manor
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, make a trip to Ounasjoki - River for activities, then have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Snow Village.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Levi holiday site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Turku in December, expect Levi to be slightly colder, temps between 22°F and 8°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Snow Village
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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 31st (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Inari route planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Inari, expect temperatures between 21°F during the day and 6°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip builder tool .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°F in January, and nighttime lows around 2°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 3rd (Thu), stroll through Hiukka, perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling, and then get great views at Vuokatinvaara. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Venajanhiekka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paltaniemi Church, and then explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins.

Plan my day in Sotkamo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Sotkamo in 3 hours. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Sotkamo, with lows of 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Paltaniemi Church, Venajanhiekka, Kajaani Castle ruins
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins
Paltaniemi Church ©
Paltaniemi Church

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Savonlinna takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°F in January, and nighttime lows around 9°F. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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