16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Turku
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h
6
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

1
day
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Turku trip planning site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Turku is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Turku hover around 1°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 17th (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, then tour or see a game at Irti Maasta Tampere, and finally stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tampere tour planning tool .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums
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Irti Maasta Tampere ©
Irti Maasta Tampere
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 19th (Wed), engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, get in on the family fun at SantaPark, and then get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library. On your second day here, make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

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Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Tampere - with highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Winter Sports Theme Parks
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Safaris
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

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 21st (Fri): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Kid's Land, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, and finally don't miss a visit to Snow Village.

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Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
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. On the 23rd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Inari route maker app .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Inari sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Inari

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

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower. On the next day, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuopio journey app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuopio in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in December, things will get a bit warmer in Kuopio: highs are around -3°C and lows about -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

Drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Step out of Helsinki to go to Porvoo and see Porvoo Old Town, which is approximately 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Monument, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Savonlinna - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Room Escape Games
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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