17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Levi
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Söderskärin majakka & Telegrafberget), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo (in Jarvenpaa). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planning tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Helsinki is 10 hours. In December, Helsinki is little chillier than Vancouver - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 18:

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 19th (Thu): get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, admire the masterpieces at Turku Art Museum, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, then see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally get your bearings at Turku City Library.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, get a taste of the local shopping with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Samiland, then make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and finally have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Turku to Levi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Turku in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 23rd (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): look for gifts at Hameenkatu, brush up on your military savvy at The Parola Armour Museum, see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere online tour itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Levi to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in December, things will get a bit warmer in Tampere: highs are around 0°C and lows about -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to Santa Claus Village, have fun at Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo, and finally get curious at Science Centre Pilke.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi attractions site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tampere in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."