16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Port Elizabeth
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
4
Inari
— 1 day
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Port Elizabeth

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rock Church and Katajanokka. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki visit planner .

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Port Elizabeth in January, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some cultural insight at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing and Finlayson Church. Take a break from the city and head to Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto in Ylojarvi (about 54 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, explore the world behind art at Hiekka Art Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©

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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 8th (Wed), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, then examine the collection at Terranova, and finally examine the collection at Stundars Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Vaasa trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Vaasa sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks

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Stundars Museum
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum

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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 10th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then go for a walk through Otsamo Fell.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Inari travel planner .

Getting from Vaasa to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vaasa in January: high temperatures in Inari hover around -11°C and lows are around -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

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

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Muonio to see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and make a trip to Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Levi visit planning site .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to 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 Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

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Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 14th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles