16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kuopio
— 1 night
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
5
Inari
— 1 day
6
Levi
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
8
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Helsinki
— 2 nights
End: Helsinki

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 23rd (Wed), admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tainionkosken Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lappeenranta day trip planning tool .

Helsinki to Lappeenranta is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. January in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Imatra, Ruokolahden Kirkko
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

Before you visit Kuopio, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach -8°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Historic Sites Nature
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 27th (Sun), look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then hit the slopes at Ruka, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kiutakongas Rapids, then take in the exciting artwork at Pentik Hill, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip planner.

You can fly from Kuopio to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuopio in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kuusamo, with lows around -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pentik Hill
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 29th (Tue), get advice or help at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then examine the collection at Siida.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Inari visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Inari sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
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.
On the 30th (Wed), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: enjoy some diversion at Kid's Land, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, then don't miss a visit to Snow Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Levi journey builder site .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 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 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Trails Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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Akaslompolo

Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip planner .

You can drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 2nd (Sat), kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Akaslompolo to Tampere takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In February, Tampere is a bit warmer than Akaslompolo - with highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Laukko Manor
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa

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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 (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then head off the coast to Vepsa Island, and finally browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and finally browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February in Turku, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turun Kauppahalli ©
Turun Kauppahalli
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Lapinlahti, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Henry, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, then stop by Riimikko, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki route planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in February, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Beaches Shopping

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market