21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Train + Fly:  17​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Bus + Train:  5​h 30​min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
Bus:  3​h 15​min
6
Rauma
— 2 nights
Bus:  1​h 45​min
7
Turku
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  14​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Sampokeskus. Museum-lovers will get to explore Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Pilke Science Centre. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, make a trip to Santa Claus Office, find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi visit website .

Philadelphia, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, taxi, and bus. Traveling from Philadelphia to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 22°F and lows reach 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Outdoors Winter Sports
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Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Safaris

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Levi Ski Resort and Snow Village. When in Levi, make a side trip to see The Sarestoniemi Museum in Kittila, approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Samiland.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip maker website .

Take a bus from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, expect little chillier with lows of 8°F in Levi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 21°F, while at night they dip to 8°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna planning website .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. Traveling from Inari in December, expect Savonlinna to be somewhat warmer, temps between 29°F and 20°F. On the 12th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore and learn at Parola Tank Museum and Serlachius Museum Gustaf. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rauhaniemi Beach and The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Venture out of the city with trips to The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo) (in Kangasala), Sibelius Birthplace (in Haemeenlinna) and Serlachius-museo Gösta, taidemuseo (in Western Finland). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Ideapark, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Old Church.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tampere holiday planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°F in December, and nighttime lows around 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mantta-Vilppula, The Parola Armour Museum, Ideapark, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Birthplace of Jean Sibelius
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The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas
Serlachius Museum Gustaf ©
Serlachius Museum Gustaf

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nights
Rauma

Rauma
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): stop by Porin Kauppahalli, then stroll through Yyteri Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church, and finally stop by Patakirppis. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Automobile Museum, then examine the collection at Bonk Keskus Ky, then brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Rauma road trip website .

Getting from Tampere to Rauma by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 32°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pori, Uusikaupunki
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Automobile Museum
Automobile Museum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Bonk Museum ©
Bonk Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally browse the different shops at Turku Kauppahalli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Rauma to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°F in December, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Beaches
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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.
Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Head to K-market Hakaniemi and Market Square Kauppatorifor plenty of shopping. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Elimaki to see Arboretum Mustila about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: explore the wide array of goods at Stockmann's Department Store, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 32°F in December, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka