21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  12​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
7
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Bengaluru

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Hakaniemi Market or Digelius Music. Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, browse the range of quality goods at Stockmann's Department Store, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and look for gifts at Marimekko.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Bengaluru, India to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Beaches Outdoors
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Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 23rd (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then see the interesting displays at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visiting Rauhaniemi Beach and Suolijarvi Beach will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tampere Cathedral and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa in Sastamala--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and stop by Ideapark.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere journey builder tool .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ideapark, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa

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nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lappeen Marian kirkko and Hamina Town Hall. Step off the beaten path and head to Lammassaari Island and Imatra Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Lappeenranta: Lempukka Beach (in Imatra), Art Centre Salmela (in Mantyharju) and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral (in Hamina). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and buy something for everyone on your list at IsoKristiina.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta driving holiday planner.

Drive from Tampere to Lappeenranta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Imatra, Hamina, Art Centre Salmela, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral ©

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, then step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, and finally look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Savonlinna sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Ruka and then view the masterpieces at Pentik Hill.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kuusamo using our trip planner.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in December, with highs in Kuusamo at -5°C and lows at -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pentik Hill
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Levi online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Kuusamo to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Akaslompolo Sportshop
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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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 5th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, then stop by Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus, then stop by Lapland Forestry Museum, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi tour planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Safaris
Forestry Museum of Lapland ©
Forestry Museum of Lapland
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge ©
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge