16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
3
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Inari
— 1 day
Fly
6
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Fly
8
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
9
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Helsinki
— 2 nights

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Lappeenranta

— 1 night

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, then stop by MyGoodKnife, and finally steep yourself in history at Lappeen Marian kirkko. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta trip builder website.

Helsinki to Lappeenranta is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 25th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:

Kuopio

— 1 night
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 team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then have fun at Vainolanniemi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -8°C, and evening lows to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, then fly down the slopes at Ruka, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park. On the next day, experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, then take in the exciting artwork at Pentik Hill, and finally explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo sightseeing planner.

Drive from Kuopio to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuopio in January, expect little chillier with lows of -19°C in Kuusamo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Inari

— 1 day
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 29th (Tue), explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Inari online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Inari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in Inari, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:

Levi

— 2 nights
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), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, and finally don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Levi online route planner.

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
On the 1st (Fri), stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

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Getting from Levi to Akaslompolo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 1:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, view the masterpieces at Laukko Manor, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, then stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tampere journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Akaslompolo to Tampere takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Akaslompolo in February, things will get a bit warmer in Tampere: highs are around -1°C and lows about -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 3:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick 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 striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then kick back and relax at 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, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Turku sightseeing planner.

Drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Beaches · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
On the 6th (Wed), shop like a local with Galleria Lapinlahti, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, steep yourself in history at 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. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach, then steep yourself in history at The Runeberg Home, then stop by Riimikko, and finally admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki attractions planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In February in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Beaches · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 7:

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."