16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Inari
— 1 day
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
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 more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker tool.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. 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 · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 3:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, 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 fly. 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 drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Tampere

— 2 nights

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 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 find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; 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 · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
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.

To find traveler tips, ratings, 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 flight; or do a combination of train 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

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Inari

— 1 day
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.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Inari route maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Inari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. 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
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Levi

— 3 nights
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 Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Explore hidden gems such as Icekarting Levi and Kids' Land. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary planning app.

Fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ruka and Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Hossa National Park and Kiutakongas Rapids. Step out of Kuusamo with an excursion to Jalavan Kauppa in Taivalkoski--about 48 minutes away. There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo online road trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. 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 · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

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."