22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), then admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki online sightseeing planner .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Salpa Line Museum and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Visit Lappeen Marian kirkko and Marian Kirkko for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Bunker Museum (in Virolahti), Kouvola (Utti Fort & Pyhan Ristin kirkko) and Hamina (St. John's Church & Main Building of Military School). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta driving holiday website .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Lappeenranta to be slightly colder, temps between -1°C and -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum, Imatra Waterfall, Bunker Museum
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko

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, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough 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
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

2
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 23rd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Petajavesi Old Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Keuruu, then pause for some serene contemplation at Old Church of Keuruu, and finally examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Himos Ski Resort, steep yourself in history at Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, and then view the masterpieces at Kuokkalan kartano.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla online road trip planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Jyvaskyla in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some cultural insight at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa and Tampere Cathedral. Visit Holy Cross Church and Pyhan Birgitan kirkko for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Jokioinen Museum Railway (in Jokioinen) and Tammelan kirkko (in Tammela). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Tampere day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Jyvaskyla to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Jokioinen Museum Railway, Holy Cross Church, Tammelan kirkko
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Jokioinen Museum Railway ©
Jokioinen Museum Railway
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Nagu Church. Visit Turku Cathedral and Korpo Church for their historical value. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Kumlinge to see Kumlinge Church about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi.

For ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Turku journey planning app .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish 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, Korpo Church, Kumlinge Church, Kuusisto Bishop's Castle, Naantali Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Kumlinge Church ©
Kumlinge Church

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Levi Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get outdoors at Yllas Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Snow Village about 46 minutes away. It doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at Kid's Land and admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read our Levi holiday planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Turku in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark, and then make a trip to Lordi's Square. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then experience the excitement of Feelapland.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°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

Theme Parks Parks Trails
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Lordi's Square ©
Lordi's Square

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