19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
2
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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 out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, make a trip to Söderskärin majakka, get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, then get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): stop by Riimikko, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Loviisan kirkko, and finally explore the world behind art at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Porvoo trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a bus from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Porvoo sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, Loviisan kirkko
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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 3rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Turku trip planner .

You can drive from Porvoo to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 5th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tampere holiday planner .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daytime highs in Tampere are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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.
Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Snow Village in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort, have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi road trip website .

Getting from Tampere to Levi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tampere in January, with highs in Levi at -11°C and lows at -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip tool .

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Theme Parks Outdoors
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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