18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
6
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Sao Paulo

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Museum-lovers will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Vantaa Art Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki attractions planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Helsinki is 5 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 11th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Vepsa Island and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Turku holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 10 — 12:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then examine the collection at Moomin Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. On the next day, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach and then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in November, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 14:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Step out of the city life by going to Ukko-Koli and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Pielisen Museum and Koli Nature Centre Ukko are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, Head underground at Pirunkirkko, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Drive from Tampere to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in November, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 17:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Koli National Park in November; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -2°C and lows reach -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:

Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Step out of Levi with an excursion to Safaris in Akaslompolo--about 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Levi travel route planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in November, expect a bit cooler with lows of -11°C in Levi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."