20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

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
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Saariselka
— 1 night
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.
Get some cultural insight at Rock Church and Katajanokka. Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are in your itinerary. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki tour planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Auckland to Helsinki. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Auckland in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car 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 ©
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): stroll through Beach Mansikkalahti, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kymi Church, then see the interesting displays at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the long history of St. John's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum, then steep yourself in history at Hamina Town Hall, and finally admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka tour planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Kotka to be a bit cooler, temps between -1°C and -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hamina, Bunker Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, deepen your understanding of the past and present with Ett Hem Museum, and then browse the exhibits of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Jokioinen Museum Railway and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Step off the beaten path and head to Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Tampere Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Holy Cross Church (in Parola), Birthplace of Jean Sibelius (in Haemeenlinna) and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa (in Sastamala). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Tampere day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 31st (Tue), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and then have fun at Action Park.

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Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then admire all the interesting features of Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and finally explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planning tool .

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Parks

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): have fun at Santa Claus Office, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, and finally look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect a bit 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
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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