21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly:  14​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Lieksa
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Chennai

4
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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning site .

Chennai, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Helsinki is minus 3 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Chennai in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. 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 catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Vaski Adventure Island, Louhisaari Manor, Bonk Museum
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Parola (Holy Cross Church & Parola Tank Museum), Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto, Palander House, & more) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and have some family-friendly fun at PortaaliVR.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tampere route maker app .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Parola, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Vitikkala Manor
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

3
nights
Lieksa

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. Lieksa is known for museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, go for a walk through Rylays Hill, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lieksa trip planner .

Getting from Tampere to Lieksa by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen 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.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). There's lots more to do: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lieksa to Levi. Traveling from Lieksa in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Levi, with lows around -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Safaris, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Shop Wanha Tehdas (Old Factory). On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family 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.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour app .

You can 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 on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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