17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
4
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

3
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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Helsinki. November in Helsinki sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 2nd (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, then see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Turku online holiday planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Naantali, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip builder app .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, Ahvenisto
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, don't miss a visit to University of Jyvaskyla, then brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Tourujoen Luontopolku.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla travel planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Fun & Games Parks
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Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum
Room Escape Games
University of Jyvaskyla ©
University of Jyvaskyla

1
night
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 8th (Sun), get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then have fun at Vainolanniemi, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kuopio trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in Kuopio sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Room Escape Games
St. Nikolaos Cathedral ©
St. Nikolaos Cathedral
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 9th (Mon), examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, make a trip to Paateri, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lieksa sightseeing planner .

Drive from Kuopio to Lieksa in 3 hours. December in Lieksa sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Marttiinin Shop Wanha Tehdas (Old Factory).

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Lieksa to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Lieksa in December, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort and then grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and then glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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