16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Pori
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Doha

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Market Square Kauppatori and Artisaani. Get in touch with nature at Bellevue Beach and Nuuksio National Park. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker website .

Doha, Qatar to Helsinki is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Doha to Helsinki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is much colder than Doha - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Market Square Kauppatori ©
Market Square Kauppatori

2
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 1st (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, and then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku journey planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Pori Art Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pori trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Ruokapuoti Lumo
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Ruokapuoti Lumo ©
Ruokapuoti Lumo
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Haihara Art Centre, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, then explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga. On your second day here, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and finally contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip builder tool .

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti ©
Tallipihan Suklaapuoti
Galleria Ronga ©
Galleria Ronga

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Levi road trip planner .

You can fly from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tampere in January, with highs in Levi at -11°C and lows at -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Winter Sports Adventure
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then look for gifts at LAURI, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online journey builder .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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