18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Inari
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h
5
Hamina
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vapriikin Museokeskus and Maltinranta Artcenter. Get some cultural insight at Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Villa Mairea. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Yyteri Beach (in Pori) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tampere tour itinerary planner.

Valletta, Malta to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 1 hour. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Valletta in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ahtari Zoo, Yyteri Beach, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Villa Mairea
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo in Salo--about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, and delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Levi road trip planning website .

You can fly from Turku to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Levi is a bit cooler than Turku - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, then examine the collection at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Inari sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

1
night
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the striking features of Hamina Fortress, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Bunker Museum, and finally examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sat): take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, then contemplate the long history of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hamina road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Inari to Hamina with the Route module. Traveling from Inari in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Hamina: highs are around -1°C and lows about -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hamina

Museums Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Salpa Line Museum, Bunker Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Bunker Museum
Bunker Museum

4
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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Esplanadi Park. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Arctic Expedition (in Espoo) and Hvittrask (in Kirkkonummi). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and examine the collection at Vantaa Art Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

You can drive from Hamina to Helsinki in 2 hours. When traveling from Hamina in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Hvittrask, Arctic Expedition, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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