18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Step out of Levi to go to Muonio and see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. On the 2nd (Mon), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: stroll through Yllas Ski Resort, admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip planner .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Levi is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Levi due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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 5th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then catch some excitement at Feelapland, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi itinerary app .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Feelapland ©
Feelapland
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, make a trip to Paateri, then see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, then head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and then stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Another option is to fly. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in December since evenings lows in Koli National Park dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally get your game on at Portaali VR.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Koli National Park to Tampere by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Fun & Games Museums
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Abo Akademi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the next day, browse the collection at Turku City Library, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then enjoy some diversion at Flowpark, and finally see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Turku attractions planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

5
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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. Pack the 16th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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