16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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 + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
5
Inari
— 1 day
Shuttle + Fly:  2 h 30 min
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): don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, then contemplate the long history of Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, then contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, and finally look for gifts at Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker tool.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Port Elizabeth in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 4th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow 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
Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly

2
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, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tampere are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

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 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, then make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna vacation planning app.

Getting from Tampere to Savonlinna by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Cap off 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

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Inari route maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in January, things will get slightly colder in Inari: highs are around -11°C and lows about -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Explore hidden gems such as Elan Ski Shop & Rental and Icekarting Levi. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Levi travel planner.

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

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

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ruka and Jalavan Kauppa. Escape the urban bustle at Hossa National Park and Kiutakongas Rapids. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

Start your trip to Kuusamo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Fly from Levi to Kuusamo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kuusamo are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough 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
Hossa National Park
Hossa National Park
Jalavan Kauppa ©
Jalavan Kauppa