18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  20​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Sao Paulo

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Rock Church and Katajanokka. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and examine the collection at Vantaa Art Museum.

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

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Helsinki. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sao Paulo in November, with highs in Helsinki at 5°C and lows at 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

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

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 (Mon): kick back and relax at Vepsa Island and then take a peaceful walk through Kurjenrahka National Park. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip maker site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. November in Turku sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 13th (Wed), kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then examine the collection at Moomin Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Tampere tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. November in Tampere sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Let the collections at Pielisen Museum and Koli Nature Centre Ukko capture your imagination. Visiting Ukko-Koli and Paha-Koli Hill will get you outdoors.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 18th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see Santa Claus Office, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online trip planner .

Drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. 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) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Yllas Ski Resort. Venture out of the city with trips to Safaris (in Akaslompolo) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). The adventure continues: get all the equipment you need at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and don't miss a visit to Ounasjoki - River for activities.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Levi route builder website .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in November, Levi is a bit cooler at night with lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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