16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ivalo
4
Inari
— 1 night
Fly
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Porvoo Old Town. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Sapokka Water Garden (in Kotka), Brunberg Candy Factory Shop (in Porvoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, and stop by Katajanokka.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online tour itinerary maker.

Perth, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

2
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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, then see the interesting displays at Turku Biological Museum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the collection at Turku City Library, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Turku trip builder site.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

2
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the views from Hameensilta, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and then examine the collection at Pukstaavi.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

1
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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 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Inari online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Tampere to Inari by combination of train and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between -7°C and -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

2
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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 28th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, browse the exhibits of LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, and finally make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

3
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Kuusamo

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ruka and Syote Ski & Nature Resort. Get out of town with these interesting Kuusamo side-trips: Pentik Hill (in Posio) and Hossan Lomakeskus (in Suomussalmi).

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Traveling by car from Levi to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

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."