18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  26 h
1
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h
2
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 45 min
5
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h
7
Helsinki
— 1 day
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, don't miss a visit to Söderskärin majakka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, then contemplate the long history of Castle Hill, then make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, and finally revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, and then stop by Riimikko.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Porvoo online trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Porvoo is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Porvoo is minus 8 hours. In December, Porvoo is cooler than Sydney - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Kotka
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
The Runeberg Home ©
The Runeberg Home

3
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.
On the 30th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Senate Square. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Take a bus from Porvoo to Helsinki in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 1st (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To find photos and more tourist information, use the Turku journey planning tool .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

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

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere is known for museums, historic sites, childrens museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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.
Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Snow Village in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Levi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by flight from Tampere to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In January, Levi is a bit cooler than Tampere - with highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kittila, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

1
day
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally hunt for treasures at Old Market Hall.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Fun & Games Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:
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Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
The National Museum of Finland ©
The National Museum of Finland
Old Market Hall ©
Old Market Hall

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