22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 1 night
2
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
4
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
6
Turku
— 3 nights
7
Levi
— 3 nights
8
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, thenadmire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, thenlearn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), thenexamine the collection at Design Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online attractions planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
St. John's Church and Pyhan Ristin kirkko will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Imatra Waterfall and Utti Fort. Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Bunker Museum (in Virolahti), Hamina (Marian Kirkko, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, &more) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). It doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko and pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta day trip planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Lappeenranta hover around °C and lows are around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Bunker Museum, Salpa Line Museum, Imatra Waterfall
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, thenpause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

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Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the striking features of Petajavesi Old Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Keuruu, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Church of Keuruu, and finally examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Himos Ski Resort, steep yourself in history at Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, and then admire the striking features of Kuokkalan kartano.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla online travel planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Jyvaskyla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Keuruu, Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, Himos Ski Resort, Petajavesi Old Church
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Church of Keuruu ©
Church of Keuruu
Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church
Himos Ski Resort ©
Himos Ski Resort

3
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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some historical perspective at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. Attractions like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Tammelan kirkko (in Tammela), Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Jokioinen Museum Railway (in Jokioinen). Pack the 27th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary site.

Drive from Jyvaskyla to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Tammelan kirkko, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Holy Cross Church, Jokioinen Museum Railway
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Jokioinen Museum Railway ©
Jokioinen Museum Railway
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Bring the kids along to Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Nagu Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Kumlinge Church (in Kumlinge) and Korpo Church (in Korpo). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Kuusisto Bishop's Castle, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, have fun at Adventure Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Turku online holiday builder.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nagu Church, Kumlinge Church, Naantali Church, Kuusisto Bishop's Castle, Korpo Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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.
Family-friendly places like Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Icekarting Levi and Yllas Ski Resort. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage about 46 minutes away. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

Plan my day in Levi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Turku to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Turku in December, things will get little chillier in Levi: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 3rd (Thu), make a trip to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and then don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then catch all the local highlights with Feelapland.

Plan trip to Rovaniemi with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

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