18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tampere
— 3 nights
2
Turku
— 3 nights
3
Levi
— 3 nights
4
Saariselka
— 2 nights
5
Sotkamo
— 1 night
6
Helsinki
— 4 nights

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Take a break from the city and head to Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tallipihan Suklaapuoti. Change things up with a short trip to Ahtari Zoo in Ahtari (about 2 hours away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere route planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Tampere is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Stockholm in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive 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
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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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 Turku City Library. Get in touch with nature at Vepsa Island and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo in Salo, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, gain insight at Turku Cathedral, and admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Turku are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach, Naantali Old Town
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Venture out of the city with trips to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). It doesn't end there: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi and view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Levi tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Turku to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Levi is little chillier than Turku - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 13th (Thu), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On your second day here, examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, thenlook for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally perfect your strike at Saariselka Bowling.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Saariselka route builder website.

Fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Saariselka Bowling ©
Saariselka Bowling
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka, get great views at Vuokatinvaara, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Hiidenportti National Park.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sotkamo road trip tool.

You can drive from Saariselka to Sotkamo in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Saariselka in December, expect Sotkamo to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

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.
Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Aurinkolahti Beach will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Katajanokka and Porvoo Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Kotka (Beach Mansikkalahti & Linden Esplanade). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday app.

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

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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