18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Yellowknife
Fly:  21​h
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Raseborg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
+2
Fly + bus + train:  4​h
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Hamina
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
10
Inari
— 1 day
11
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Yellowknife

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and then contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip tool .

Yellowknife, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 9 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Yellowknife in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Raseborg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Raseborg

Raseborg ©
Raseborg is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Katarinan kirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Snappertunan kirkko, admire the masterpieces at Forngarden Folk Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Raseborg Castle, then examine the collection at Ekenas Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Ekenas Old Town.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Raseborg tour builder site .

Getting from Helsinki to Raseborg by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Raseborg

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Snappertunan kirkko, Pyhan Katarinan kirkko
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Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle
EKTA museum ©
EKTA museum
Snappertunan kirkko ©
Snappertunan kirkko

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 15th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, then see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, examine the collection at Sibeliusmuseum, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally examine the collection at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku tour planner .

You can drive from Raseborg to Turku in 1.5 hours. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mariehamn online visit planner .

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In December, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

2
nights
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 18th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally explore the world behind art at Hiekka Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, then get engrossed in the history at Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Tampere travel route planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Tampere in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Mariehamn in December, things will get a bit cooler in Tampere: highs are around 0°C and lows about -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra ©
Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra

1
night
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Bunker Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hamina trip planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Hamina in 3.5 hours. December in Hamina sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Hamina

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Bunker Museum
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Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum. On your second day here, learn about all things military at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, examine the collection at Saimaa Kanal Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta trip planner.

You can drive from Hamina to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum

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night
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): find something for the whole family at Treetop Adventure Park, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, then make a trip to Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and finally stop by Taitokortteli.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Joensuu trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Joensuu takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Joensuu are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Historic Sites Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni ©
Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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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 25th (Tue): make a trip to The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Inari trip planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, expect Inari to be slightly colder, temps between -7°C and -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gain insight at Kid's Land, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then make a trip to Snow Village, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Levi travel route planner .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Kittila
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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