19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

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 a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Söderskärin majakka (in Porvoo) and Halosenniemi Museum (in Tuusula). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get your game on at Labyrinth Games Room Escape.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online trip builder .

Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Vancouver to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Vancouver in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -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

Side Trips

Vantaa Art Museum, Nuuksio National Park, Halosenniemi Museum, Söderskärin majakka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Church, take a stroll around Art Centre Salmela, get your bearings 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 examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Puumalan Lake, take a memorable drive along 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.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli road trip app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Mikkeli takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Mikkeli at -1°C and lows at -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums Scenic Drive Outdoors

Side Trips

Puumala, St. George Church, Art Centre Salmela
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Communications Centre Lokki
Communications Centre Lokki
Art Centre Salmela ©
Art Centre Salmela
Infantry Museum ©
Infantry Museum

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 12th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, and finally look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, then see the interesting displays at Sara Hilden Art Museum, and finally learn about all things military at Parola Tank Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere day trip planning site .

Drive from Mikkeli to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

The Parola Armour Museum
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort, view the masterpieces at 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. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Samiland, make a trip to Snow Village, then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort, and finally have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Levi visit planner.

Fly from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in December, things will get a bit cooler in Levi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then steep yourself in history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum, then make a trip 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 find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Turku holiday planner .

You can fly from Levi to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in December, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kultaranta Garden
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Turku in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Ranua Zoo
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

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