16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 1 day
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Get some historical perspective at Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: visit Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Port Elizabeth in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Popular historic sites such as Finlayson Church and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Rauhaniemi Beach and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, explore the world behind art at Hiekka Art Museum, examine the collection at Moomin Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Tampere, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, then see the interesting displays at Terranova, and finally see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum.

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Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vaasa are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Inari

— 1 day
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 10th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Inari trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Vaasa in January, expect Inari to be a bit cooler, temps between -11°C and -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

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.
Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park in Muonio, approximately Muonio away. There's lots more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, don't miss a visit to Ounasjoki - River for activities, and identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

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Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Marttiini Store Old Factory, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

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Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."