23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ranua
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Turku
— 2 nights
7
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Sydney

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Levi Ski Resort and Safaris. Step out of the city life by going to Discover Lapland and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Snow Village (in Kittila) and Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla). There's lots more to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi online travel planner .

Sydney, Australia to Levi is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Levi due to the time zone difference. In November, Levi is much colder than Sydney - with highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Snow Village, Church of Sodankyla
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Discover Lapland ©
Discover Lapland
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 3rd (Thu), find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, then fly down the slopes at 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: have fun at Action Park, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saariselka online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -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

Side Trip

Inari
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

1
night
Ranua

Ranua ©
On the 5th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ranua driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Saariselka to Ranua in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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

Wildlife Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Tohmajarven kirkko and Heinaveden kirkko for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy (in Anttola), Rautjarven kirkko (in Simpele) and Salpa Line (in Kerimaki). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, and steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ranua to Savonlinna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In December in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Salpa Line, Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy, Tohmajarven kirkko, Rautjarven kirkko, Heinaveden kirkko
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Tohmajarven kirkko ©
Tohmajarven kirkko
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Attractions like Yyteri Beach and Herrainpaivat Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Rauma and Koylion Kirkkokari. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Himos Ski Resort (in Jamsa), Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo (in Pori). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Tampere by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pori, Koylion Kirkkokari, Himos Ski Resort, Church of Keuruu, Old Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Kuusisto Manor, admire the masterpieces at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku itinerary planning site .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Kuusisto Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

5
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.
Attractions like Heureka and The Finnish Museum of Horology make great kid-friendly stops. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mannerheim Museum and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo, Porvoo Old Town, & more) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Espoo, Heureka
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

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