19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Paris

2
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Katajanokka, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planning tool .

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Paris in February, expect Helsinki to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): hit the slopes at Ruka, explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kuusamo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Helsinki to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in February; daily highs in Kuusamo reach -5°C and lows reach -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planning app .

You can drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in February, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Akaslompolo travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Akaslompolo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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Safaris
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Levi Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get outdoors at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and enjoy some diversion at Kid's Land.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Levi trip maker app .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Giewont Husky Adventures, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Get outdoors at Teijo national park and Vepsa Island. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Mathildedalin Kylapanimo in Salo, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku vacation planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in February; daily highs in Turku reach 0°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Teijo national park, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Mathildedalin Kylapanimo ©
Mathildedalin Kylapanimo

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ahtari Zoo and Rauhaniemi Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Yyteri Beach. The adventure continues: stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip planning app .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Yyteri Beach, Ahtari Zoo
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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