21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Flint
Drive + Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Levi
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h
End: Flint

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum. Shop till you drop at Vitikkala Manor and Haihara Art Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Laukko Manor in Vesilahti (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner .

Flint, USA to Tampere is an approximately 18-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Flint to Tampere is 7 hours. When traveling from Flint in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Tampere: temperatures range from 37°F by day to 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Vitikkala Manor, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum
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Galleria Ronga ©
Galleria Ronga
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Take a break from the city and head to Teijo National Park and Bike Rental - by Carfield. Popular historic sites such as Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral are in your itinerary. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Ruokapuoti Lumo in Rauma, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and shop like a local with Photographic Centre Peri.

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Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Ruokapuoti Lumo
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Kauppakeskus Mylly ©
Kauppakeskus Mylly
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temppeliaukion Church and Galerie Forsblom. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Sibelius Hall (in Lahti), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Riimikko (in Porvoo). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Lapinlahti.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning site .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Sibelius Hall, Riimikko
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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. Get outdoors at Ukko-Koli and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. When in Lieksa, make a side trip to see Koli Shop Retkitupa in Koli, approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: trek along Akka-Koli Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lieksa road trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Lieksa. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Lieksa at 30°F and lows at 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Arktikum and German Soldier s Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Syvasenvaara Fell and Auttikongas. And it doesn't end there: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi journey planner.

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lieksa in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 22°F and lows are around 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jemes Sport and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Levi driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 22°F, and evening lows to 8°F. You will leave for home on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort, Jemes Sport
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort