24 days in Finland Itinerary

24 days in Finland Itinerary

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24 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  24​h
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Imatra
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Naantali
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Bellevue Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaari Zoo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to Helsinki, use our trip itinerary maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brisbane to Helsinki. Traveling from Brisbane in December, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Espoo, Bellevue Beach, Heureka, Inkoon kirkko
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

3
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Attractions like Lempukka Beach and Lammassaari Island make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Imatra's surroundings by going to Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna) and Puumala (Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi, Viewing Platform in Puumala, &more). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, admire the engineering at Imatrankoski, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Imatra trip planner.

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Imatra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Imatra: temperatures range from 0°C by day to -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Puumala, Angry Birds Activity Park, Olavinlinna Castle, Salpa Line Museum
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Family-friendly places like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Rauhaniemi Beach will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Yyteri Beach (in Pori), Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). There's much more to do: stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and cool off at Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi.

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

Drive from Imatra to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Naantali.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Ahtari Zoo, Ahvenisto, Yyteri Beach, Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

2
nights
Naantali

Naantali ©
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. On the 28th (Mon), kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, then have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and finally find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island. Keep things going the next day: step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, then take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, and then cool off at JukuPark Turku is open 1 of September?.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Naantali trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Tampere to Naantali in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Naantali are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Naantali

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Turku
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

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.
Bring the kids along to Kids' Land and Inghams Mini Husky Experience. Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Levi day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Naantali to Levi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Naantali in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will enjoy Ranua Zoo and Moomin Snowcastle. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip website .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Snowman World Igloo Hotel ©
Snowman World Igloo Hotel