22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h
2
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Hameenlinna
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Nairobi

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Bellevue Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Kirkkonummen kirkko (in Kirkkonummi) and Heureka (in Vantaa). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, stroll around The Esplanadi Park, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning website .

Nairobi, Kenya to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In December, Helsinki is cooler than Nairobi - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Heureka, Kirkkonummen kirkko
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

3
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Get out of town with these interesting Lieksa side-trips: Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli) and Utra Beach (in Joensuu). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, don't miss a visit to Paateri, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and take in the pleasant sights at Rylays Hill.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lieksa trip itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Lieksa. In December, Lieksa is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa, Utra Beach
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will enjoy Ranua Zoo and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip site .

Drive from Lieksa to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lieksa in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Snow Village (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Levi Ski Resort, find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Levi day trip website .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kittila, Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Levi Huskypark
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Levi Huskypark ©
Levi Huskypark
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Vaski Adventure Island and JukuPark Turku is open 1 of September?. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip builder app .

Fly from Levi to Turku in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Turku is a bit warmer than Levi - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Bonk Museum, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

5
nights
Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
Family-friendly places like Ahvenisto and Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi will thrill your kids. Explore Hameenlinna's surroundings by going to Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki), Tampere (Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, Sarkanniemi Theme Park, & more) and Pyhan Birgitan kirkko (in Lempaala).

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hameenlinna itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Turku to Hameenlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Hameenlinna sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Tampere, Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi ©
Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi

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