19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Turku
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Paris

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Katajanokka, then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then kick back and relax at Aurinkolahti Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip tool.

Paris, France to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Helsinki is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Paris in February: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 0°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can fly to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): stroll through Ruka, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, Kuusamo is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Saariselka sightseeing planner.

Drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to fly to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at 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: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo tour planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In February, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:

Levi

— 3 nights
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 Icekarting Levi. Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Kids' Land, gear up at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

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Getting from Akaslompolo to Levi by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and 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) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Vepsa Island and Turku Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio).

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Turku tour itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Levi to Turku in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in February: high temperatures in Turku hover around 0°C and lows are around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 16:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yyteri Beach and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Escape the urban bustle at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Ahtari Zoo in Ahtari, about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Tampere vacation planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 16 — 20:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."