17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Levi
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Galerie Forsblom. Escape the urban bustle at Bellevue Beach and Aurinkolahti Beach. Step out of Helsinki to go to Inkoo and see Inkoon kirkko, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, look for gifts at Artisaani, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

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Porto Alegre, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Porto Alegre in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

Imatra

— 1 night
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stop by Imatran Kalatalo, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Prisma.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra visit planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Imatra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, Imatra is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -7°C and lows of -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vitikkala Manor and Galleria Ronga. You'll get in some beach time at Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Haihara Art Centre, browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Tampere travel route builder website.

You can drive from Imatra to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January in Tampere, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Shop till you drop at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Levi Ski Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Sarestoniemi Museum (in Kaukonen). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

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Getting from Tampere to Levi by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampere in January: high temperatures in Levi hover around -11°C and lows are around -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum - Gallery Alariesto and Arktikum. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's still lots to do: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 1:

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."