20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
7
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Syote
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Boston

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Room Escape Games and The National Library of Finland. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planner .

Boston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Boston to Helsinki. When traveling from Boston in December, plan for little chillier days in Helsinki, with highs around 37°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Room Escape Games

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 6th (Mon), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Turku road trip site .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 7th (Tue), examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, then stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in December, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas

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.
On the 8th (Wed), get interesting insight from Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then explore and take pictures at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and finally explore and take pictures at Icekarting Levi.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi vacation planning app .

You can fly from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, Levi is little chillier than Tampere - with highs of 22°F and lows of 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Tours

Side Trips

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 10th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 11°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Lordi's Square ©
Lordi's Square

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, explore and take pictures at Kujala Reindeer Farm, then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally explore by horseback at Nurminiemen ratsutila/riding stables.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo tour planner .

You can take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 23°F during the day and 11°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Trails Wildlife
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Nurminiemen ratsutila/riding stables ©
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, explore and take pictures at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then explore and take pictures at Tuula's Reindeer.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Inari travel route app .

Getting from Kuusamo to Inari by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kuusamo in December since evenings lows in Inari dip to 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Syote.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
night
Syote

Syote ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Korouoma Canyon and then take in the exciting artwork at Pentik Hill.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Syote using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Syote takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°F, and evening lows to 7°F. You'll set off for home on the 16th (Thu).

Things to do in Syote

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Posio
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Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Pentik Hill ©
Pentik Hill

3
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On your second day here, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, make a trip to Snow Village, and then contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip planner .

You can drive from Syote to Akaslompolo in 5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 23°F, while nighttime lows are 9°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Jemes Sport, Yllas Ski Resort, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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