22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
3
Levi
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Family-friendly places like SantaPark and Santa Claus Village will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Feelapland and Tatuka Palvelut. And it doesn't end there: get curious at Pilke Science Centre, see Santa Claus Office, have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder tool .

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Eastern European Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tatuka Palvelut
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Tatuka Palvelut ©
Tatuka Palvelut

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally perfect your strike at Saariselka Bowling.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Saariselka is a bit cooler at night with lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Hippupuoti Gift Shop ©
Hippupuoti Gift Shop
Saariselka Bowling ©
Saariselka Bowling

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kid's Land and Snow Village. On the 23rd (Sun), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and have some family-friendly fun at G2 Ice Karting Levi.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Levi sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Levi Huskypark
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Family-friendly places like Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna will thrill your kids. Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Vaski Adventure Island. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Hanko (Pike's Gut & Hanko Water Tower). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, browse the collection at Turku City Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and enjoy some diversion at JukuPark Turku.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In December, Turku is a bit warmer than Levi - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hanko, Vaski Adventure Island
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Vaski Adventure Island ©
Vaski Adventure Island
JukuPark Turku ©
JukuPark Turku
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Bring the kids along to Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Rauhaniemi Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Ahvenisto Activity Park (in Haemeenlinna) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere travel route planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, Ahvenisto Activity Park
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Spas & Wellness. Change things up with a short trip to Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre in Vantaa (about 32 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Tampere in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around -3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trip

Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre ©

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