16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
4
Inari
— 1 night
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
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Sotkamo
— 2 nights
7
Savonlinna
— 2 nights

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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.
Get outdoors at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Ruotsinpyhtaa to see Stromforsin Ruukki about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and see the interesting displays at Design Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 10 hours. When traveling from San Francisco in December, plan for much colder days in Helsinki, with highs around 37°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 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 · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Cathedral and Pike's Gut. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 29th (Sat), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ounasjoki - River for activities, then hit the slopes at Kids' Land, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Turku in December, expect Levi to be slightly colder, temps between 22°F and 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Inari online travel planner.

Fly from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Inari sees daily highs of 21°F and lows of 6°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
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. On the 1st (Tue), fly down the slopes at Ruka, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, and then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip planner.

You can drive from Inari to Kuusamo in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°F, and evening lows to 2°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Ruka ©
Ruka
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

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Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka, enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling, and then get great views at Vuokatinvaara. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Venajanhiekka, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paltaniemi Church, and then step into the grandiose world of Kajaani Castle ruins.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sotkamo online route planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Sotkamo in 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Sotkamo when traveling from Kuusamo in January, with lows around 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Paltaniemi Church ©
Paltaniemi Church
Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins

2
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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Savonlinna takes 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 20°F, while nighttime lows are 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

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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