23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  18​h
1
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
8
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Nairobi

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get in touch with nature at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Hanko to see Pike's Gut about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, contemplate the long history of Abo Akademi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Turku online day trip planner .

Nairobi, Kenya to Turku is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Nairobi to Turku, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nairobi in December, expect Turku to be much colder, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Hanko
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pori road trip planning site .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Pori, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Rauhaniemi Beach and Tampere Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Jokioinen to see Jokioinen Museum Railway about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, and see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip builder .

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Jokioinen Museum Railway, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Step off the beaten path and head to Snow Village and Kid's Land. There's much more to do: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and get your game on at G2 Ice Karting Levi.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Tampere to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampere in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snow Village, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Kiutakongas Rapids and Syote Ski & Nature Resort. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and Pentik Hill. Take a break from Kuusamo with a short trip to Hossa National Park in Suomussalmi, about 1h 05 min away. There's more to do: stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo online trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Hossa National Park, Syote Ski & Nature Resort, Pentik Hill
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hossa National Park ©
Hossa National Park
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Hiukka, perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling, and then take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Venajanhiekka, step into the grandiose world of Kajaani Castle ruins, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Paltaniemi Church.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sotkamo day trip planning tool .

Getting from Kuusamo to Sotkamo by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Kuusamo in December, Sotkamo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Kajaani Castle ruins, Paltaniemi Church, Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins
Paltaniemi Church ©
Paltaniemi Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Savonlinna takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Step off the beaten path and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Santalahti Nature Trail. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa (in Ruotsinpyhtaa), Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa) and Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kallio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and see the interesting displays at Design Museum.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Santalahti Nature Trail, Aurlahti Beach, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa
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Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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