22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hanko
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Tampere
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Taipei

6
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 Old Market Hall or Galerie Forsblom. Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Aurinkolahti Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Aijanniemi Beach, Beach Mansikkalahti, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel route planning website .

Taipei, Taiwan to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Taipei to Helsinki is minus 6 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Taipei in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hanko.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Galleria Joella. Take a break from the city and head to Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Change things up with these side-trips from Hanko: Turku (Photographic Centre PERI, Turun Kauppahalli, & more), Naantali Old Town (in Naantali) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Gunnarstrand.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hanko trip app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Hanko takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Hanko

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Turku, Naantali Old Town, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Ett Hem Museum ©
Ett Hem Museum

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Vitikkala Manor and Laukko Manor are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Pori Art Museum and Galleria Ronga. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki), Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), Yyteri Beach, & more) and Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, explore the striking landscape of Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, and take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tampere day trip site .

Traveling by car from Hanko to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pori, Vitikkala Manor, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Laukko Manor
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

3
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.
Head to Elan Ski Shop & Rental and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Levi Ski Resort and Yllas Ski Resort. Venture out of the city with trips to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). It doesn't end there: stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Levi road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Tampere to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in January, things will get a bit cooler in Levi: highs are around -11°C and lows about -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

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Safaris, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Museum - Gallery Alariesto. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Poro Farmi. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, cast your line with a fishing tour, and enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

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

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Museum - Gallery Alariesto
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Fishing Charters & Tours

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