20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Tallahassee Regional Airport

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Helsinki

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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip website.

Tallahassee, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Tallahassee in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 37°F and 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

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Turku

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 24th (Tue): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, and finally see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, then take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then find something for the whole family at Ahvenisto. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere vacation planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Theme Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

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Jyvaskyla

Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 28th (Sat), stop by Vitikkala Manor, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Church of Keuruu, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Liikelataamo. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Tourujoen Luontopolku, take an in-depth tour of Finnish Air Force Museum, then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Jyvaskyla, then get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°F, and evening lows to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

2
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Lieksa

Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, then make a trip to Paateri, then enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally stroll through Ukko-Koli. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lieksa tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Jyvaskyla to Lieksa in 5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 1st (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip maker.

Getting from Lieksa to Rovaniemi by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Lieksa in December, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between 22°F and 11°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Safaris (in Akaslompolo), Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). There's lots more to do: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort, get your game on at Kids' Land, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Levi attractions planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Levi, with lows of -1°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

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."