19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Levi
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Turku
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 5 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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 a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Halosenniemi Museum (in Tuusula) and Söderskärin majakka (in Porvoo). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, stop by Katajanokka, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

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Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Helsinki is 10 hours. In December, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Vancouver - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 9:

Mikkeli

— 2 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 10th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Church, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Centre Salmela, get advice or help at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, and finally learn about all things military at Communications Centre Lokki. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Lake Saimaa, get outside with Lietvesi Scenic Road, see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum, then make a trip to Kenkavero, and finally see the interesting displays at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Mikkeli takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Mikkeli to be little chillier, temps between -1°C and -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, and finally find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Moomin Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, then examine the collection at Sara Hilden Art Museum, and finally brush up on your military savvy at The Parola Armour Museum.

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Drive from Mikkeli to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 14th (Sat), whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Samiland, then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and finally get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Levi trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Levi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. In December, Levi is slightly colder than Tampere - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 15:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. Keep things going the next day: walk around Kultaranta Garden, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum, then don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, then step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Turku travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Levi to Turku by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December, Turku is a bit warmer than Levi - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some cultural insight at Arktikum and Christmas House Santa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Rovaniemi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Turku in December, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."