21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tampere
— 2 nights
2
Pori
— 1 night
3
Turku
— 3 nights
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
5
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
6
Levi
— 2 nights
7
Saariselka
— 2 nights
8
Helsinki
— 5 nights

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, thenexamine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and then find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tampere trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Bilbao, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Bilbao in December, things will get cooler in Tampere: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, stroll through Yyteri Beach, thenstop by Patakirppis, and finally get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori day trip website.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Pori sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo ©

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Get some cultural insight at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Turku Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (Rauma Art Museum & Old Rauma). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Turku tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Turku sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stroll around Lilla holmen, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, thenexamine the collection at Museumship Pommern, thensee the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Eckerö Post & tullhus, thencontemplate the long history of Bomarsund, thenget engrossed in the history at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, and finally make a trip to The Maritime Quarter.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. December in Mariehamn sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Aland Island, Sund
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, explore the galleries of S/S Salama, thenstep into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, thencontemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, take in the exciting artwork at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, thenview the masterpieces at Retretti Art Centre, thenwalk around The Parikkala Sculpture Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parikkalan kirkko.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip builder tool.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mariehamn in December, things will get a bit cooler in Savonlinna: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Parikkala
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Johanna Oras Art Gallery ©
Johanna Oras Art Gallery
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Step out of Levi with an excursion to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila--about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, and get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi trip maker site.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Levi in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Levi is little chillier than Savonlinna - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Safaris
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
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.
On the 4th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, thenlook for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, thenexamine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and finally get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park. On the next day, wander the wide-open spaces of Saariselka Reindeer Farm and then stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

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Fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Inari
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

5
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.
Let the collections at Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Kansallisgalleria capture your imagination. Katajanokka and The Aalto House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden, Maritime Centre Vellamo, &more), Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo) and Hyvinkään kaupunginmuseo (in Hyvinkaa). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Johannes Church, admire the masterpieces at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, appreciate the history behind Elias Lonnrot Monument, and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

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Fly from Saariselka to Helsinki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Saariselka in January, with highs in Helsinki at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo, EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Hyvinkään kaupunginmuseo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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