18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly + train:  4​h
1
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
End: Stockholm


3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Ahtari Zoo and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Explore hidden gems such as Rauhaniemi Beach and Tampere Cathedral. There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tampere itinerary planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Tampere is an approximately 4-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. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Stockholm in December, with highs in Tampere at 0°C and lows at -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Ahtari Zoo
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bellevue Beach and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo. Get outdoors at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Turku day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to 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 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Naantali Old Town, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Mathildedalin Kylapanimo ©
Mathildedalin Kylapanimo

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Levi Ski Resort and Snow Village. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park in Muonio, about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, get your game on at Kid's Land, and make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Levi route tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Turku in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Snow Village, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, have fun at Action Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally enjoy some friendly competition at Saariselka Bowling.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Saariselka vacation maker app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Hippupuoti Gift Shop ©
Hippupuoti Gift Shop
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): stroll through Venajanhiekka, then get great views at Vuokatinvaara, and then perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sotkamo online trip maker .

You can drive from Saariselka to Sotkamo in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Saariselka in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Sotkamo: highs are around -2°C and lows about -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beach Mansikkalahti and Aurinkolahti Beach. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Linden Esplanade (in Kotka), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Katajanokka, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Stadin Panimo, contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helsinki attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sotkamo to Helsinki. Traveling from Sotkamo in December, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kotka, Nuuksio National Park, Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti

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