19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Sydney to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. 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) early enough to take a bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Vantaa Art Museum, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, enjoy the sea views from Söderskärin majakka, get to know the fascinating history of Castle Hill, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, then get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, and finally don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): look for gifts at Riimikko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then pause for some serene contemplation at Loviisan kirkko, and finally admire the masterpieces at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Porvoo tour builder site.

You can take a bus from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Porvoo can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Loviisan kirkko, Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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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): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Porvoo to Turku by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Turku can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the 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.
Start off your visit 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tampere tour planning tool.

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Room Escape Games

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.
Step out of Levi with an excursion to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila--about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, visit Inghams Mini Husky Experience, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and fly down the slopes at Kids' Land.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi day trip planner.

Getting from Tampere to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tampere in January: high temperatures in Levi hover around -11°C and lows are around -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

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): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planning website.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for a bit 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 enough time to 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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