20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Santiago de Compostela
Fly + train:  10​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
6
Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Santiago de Compostela

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get your game on at Irti Maasta Tampere, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally get your game on at Portaali VR.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere route planner.

Santiago de Compostela, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Santiago de Compostela in February, expect nights in Tampere to be little chillier, around -7°C, while days are much colder, around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Spas Museums
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Portaali VR ©
Portaali VR
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Turku

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 6th (Wed): get lost in a book at Turku City Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, gain interesting insight with Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Sibeliusmuseum, then hike along The Archipelago Trail, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In February, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kultaranta Garden
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Room Escape Games

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Kid's Land, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, and finally experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Levi trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In February, Levi is a bit cooler than Turku - with highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Tours
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo day trip tool .

Drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Safaris

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 11th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, look for gifts at LAURI, then make a trip to Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. On the next day, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, make a trip to Paateri, then explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, then examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and then pause for some photo ops at Paalasmaan Surukivi.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Paalasmaan Surukivi, Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, then admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kuopio road trip website .

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuopio by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
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Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

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night
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then contemplate the long history of Main Building of Military School, and finally get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kotka trip itinerary app .

Getting from Kuopio to Kotka by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Main Building of Military School
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Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Main Building of Military School ©
Main Building of Military School

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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.
Pack the 20th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and admire the striking features of Rock Church.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour planner .

Getting from Kotka to Helsinki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Kotka in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Helsinki, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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