20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Calgary

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then contemplate the long history of Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi, and finally take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel planning app .

Calgary, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Calgary to Helsinki is 9 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Calgary in January: highs in Helsinki hover around -3°C, while lows dip to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Archipelago National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kimito Island sightseeing app .

Getting from Helsinki to Kimito Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. January in Kimito Island sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

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 25th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally explore the world behind art at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pargas Church, then let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku route planner.

Drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Pargas Church
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere itinerary maker tool .

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 January in Tampere, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 29th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna route planner .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 30th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka, look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip itinerary builder site .

Fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Savonlinna in January, Kuusamo is slightly colder at night with lows of -19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip maker .

Drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus has been added to your itinerary. On the 3rd (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then see the interesting displays at Siida. On the next day, take a memorable tour with Lemmenjoki National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Inari vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Inari takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in February, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Step out of Levi with an excursion to Church of Sodankyla in Sodankyla--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planning website .

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Church of Sodankyla, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

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