17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  11​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Kemi
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Hamina
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Beijing

2
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 off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary tool .

Beijing, China to Helsinki is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Beijing in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Helsinki, with lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: expand your understanding of the military at Oro and then admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kimito Island tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik Manor ©
Soderlangvik Manor

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 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. On your second day here, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then browse the exhibits of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally examine the collection at Louhisaari Manor.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, admire the masterpieces at Hiekka Art Museum, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, and then get engrossed in the history at Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra ©
Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra

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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, admire all the interesting features of Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and finally see the interesting displays at The Sarestoniemi Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Levi itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Tampere to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Levi is a bit cooler than Tampere - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kittila, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): catch some excitement at Feelapland, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery. On the next day, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, then take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Tours Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Rovaniemi Local History Museum ©
Rovaniemi Local History Museum

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Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kemi Church. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church and then find something for the whole family at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read Kemi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Kemi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kemi are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Kemi

Fun & Games Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Tornio
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

1
day
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Kotka Church, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kymi Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, then admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, and finally admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School.

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

Explore your travel options from Kemi to Hamina with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kemi in December since evenings lows in Hamina dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hamina

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kotka
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Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko
Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral ©

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