23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
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Levi
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly

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Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Attractions like Levi Ski Resort and Ounasjoki - River for activities make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Church of Sodankyla and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and hit the slopes at Discover Lapland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Levi is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get much colder in Levi: highs are around -3°C and lows about -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 2:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, then stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka travel route builder site.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 5th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

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You can drive from Saariselka to Ranua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:
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Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Step off the beaten path and head to Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tohmajarven kirkko and Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli. Get out of town with these interesting Savonlinna side-trips: Rautjarven kirkko (in Simpele), Heinaveden kirkko (in Heinavesi) and Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy (in Anttola). And it doesn't end there: take in the history at Salpa Line, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, and contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ranua to Savonlinna by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 8:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Bring the kids along to Vapriikin Museokeskus and Nasinneula Tower. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Rauma and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Koylion Kirkkokari (in Koylio), Pori (Yyteri Beach, Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, &more) and Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu). Next up on the itinerary: get all the equipment you need at Himos Ski Resort, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tampere itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, browse the exhibits of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Kuusisto Manor, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then gain insight at Turku Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

Helsinki

— 5 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Get some historical perspective at Mannerheim Museum and Johannes Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Heureka (in Vantaa), Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo, Porvoo Old Town, &more) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, and don't miss a visit to Old Customs House.

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Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."