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
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Inari
— 1 day
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Port Elizabeth

1
night
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 2nd (Thu): make a trip to Hakaniemi Market, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then contemplate the long history of Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi, and finally contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, then take a stroll through Katajanokka, and finally look for gifts at Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip website .

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Port Elizabeth in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Beaches Outdoors
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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nights
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 4th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and finally view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere tour site .

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 -5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©

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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 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Savonlinna sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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day
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 9th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then get your bearings at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Inari itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in January; daily highs in Inari reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Tours Museums
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

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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.
Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Snow Village in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land.

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Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi takes 2.5 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 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jalavan Kauppa and Hossa National Park. Get in touch with nature at Ruka and Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Next up on the itinerary: explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids and admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kuusamo travel planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hossa National Park, Jalavan Kauppa
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hossa National Park ©
Hossa National Park