18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h
3
Lieksa
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 15th (Sun), see Santa Claus Office, wander the wide-open spaces of Poro Farmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, then see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi journey planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Rovaniemi, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Parks
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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 17th (Tue), ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Levi travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Trails 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
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, make a trip to Paateri, stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, then hike along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli and then hike along Akka-Koli Hill.

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You can drive from Levi to Lieksa in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Levi in December: high temperatures in Lieksa hover around -1°C and lows are around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): get great views at Saltkaret, sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kyr0 Distillery Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Vaasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kyr0 Distillery Company, Saltkaret
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kyr0 Distillery Company ©
Kyr0 Distillery Company
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo in Salo (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island, step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Turku route planning website .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Turku takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Get outdoors at Aurinkolahti Beach and Riverside Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Linden Esplanade (in Kotka) and Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), walk around The Esplanadi Park, and sample the tasty concoctions at Stadin Panimo.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planner .

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Cathedral of Porvoo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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