17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Boston
Fly:  12 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Inari
— 1 day
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Boston

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at Alvar Aalto's studio, thentake an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). On your second day here, kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, thencontemplate the long history of Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi, thencontemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, and finally visit Katajanokka.

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

Boston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Boston in January, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 26°F and lows about 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

3
nights
Kotka

Kotka
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Linden Esplanade. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beach Mansikkalahti and Main Building of Military School. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Bunker Museum (in Virolahti). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to St. John's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, and steep yourself in history at Hamina Fortress.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 22°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hamina, Salpa Line Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Bunker Museum
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Bunker Museum
Bunker Museum
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Sibeliusmuseum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bellevue Beach and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and EKTA museum (in Raseborg). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between 27°F during the day and 17°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, EKTA museum
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Venture out of the city with trips to Hameenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius & Palander House) and Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Parola
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Inari day trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in January, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between 15°F and 1°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

4
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Step out of the city life by going to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. It doesn't end there: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Levi online vacation builder.

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°F, and evening lows to -1°F. On the 18th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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