16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bhubaneswar
Fly:  21​h
1
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Bhubaneswar

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, don't miss a visit to The Parikkala Sculpture Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally get answers to all your questions at Riihisaari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna road trip planner .

Bhubaneswar, India to Savonlinna is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bhubaneswar to Savonlinna is minus 3 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Bhubaneswar in December: high temperatures in Savonlinna hover around -1°C and lows are around -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Kerimaki Church, The Parikkala Sculpture Park
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 18th (Tue), examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, take in nature's colorful creations at Snellman Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then have fun at Vainolanniemi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally make a trip to Satamankulma.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kuopio visit planning site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuopio

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

1
night
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 20th (Thu): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Kid's Land, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, and finally make a trip to Snow Village.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Levi journey website .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kuopio to Levi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuopio in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Winter Sports Tours

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get curious at Pilke Science Centre, then look for gifts at LAURI, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Santa Claus Office, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then experience the excitement of Feelapland, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel planning app .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 24th (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and finally explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kuusamo online trip builder .

Take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Kuusamo sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Shopping Museums
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Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku holiday maker app .

Getting from Kuusamo to Turku by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Turku is a bit warmer than Kuusamo - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites
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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 26th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Irti Maasta Tampere, then have some family-friendly fun at Portaali VR, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip maker app .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Fun & Games
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, look for gifts at Pien, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Tampere in December, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (3°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trip

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

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