20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Auckland
Fly:  27 h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
6
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  31 h
End: Auckland

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, walk around The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and stop by Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online travel planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Helsinki, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is much colder than Auckland - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kymi Church, thenget engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, make a trip to Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, thensee the interesting displays at Bunker Museum, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, and finally admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, Kotka is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Bunker Museum
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St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko
Main Building of Military School ©
Main Building of Military School

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, thenadmire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, thendon't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Vepsa Island, thentake an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Turku day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
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 Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Visit St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Jokioinen Museum Railway (in Jokioinen) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary app.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, Jokioinen Museum Railway, Holy Cross Church
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampere in December: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -7°C and lows are around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

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 2nd (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, thenexperience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

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Getting from Saariselka to Levi by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and then look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Safaris
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

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