18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Sapokka Water Garden (in Kotka), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary planning app .

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 3 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Sapokka Water Garden, Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Room Escape Games
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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 24th (Thu): examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then browse the exhibits of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Tammela to see Mustiala Manor about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and admire the striking features of Aleksanterin Kirkko.

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Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Mustiala Manor
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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 29th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Shop Wanha Tehdas (Old Factory), Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, and finally get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Lordi's Square, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, then get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Tampere in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Christmas House Santa ©
Christmas House Santa

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): get advice or help at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally have fun at Action Park. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Pyha-Nattanen Fell and then get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Saariselka visit app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Pyha-Nattanen Fell
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The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
Saariselka Reindeer Farm ©
Saariselka Reindeer Farm

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 2nd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, and then get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, then look for gifts at Jemes Sport, and finally stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

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Getting from Saariselka to Levi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Wildlife Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Jemes Sport, Giewont Husky Adventures, Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages
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Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING
Jemes Sport ©
Jemes Sport

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Levi to Kuusamo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kuusamo are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Theme Parks Shopping Museums
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Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Kujala Reindeer Farm ©
Kujala Reindeer Farm

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