Route & dates
Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly: 13 h 30 min
Helsinki— 13 nights
Drive: 1 h 30 min
Tampere— 5 nights
Train: 1 h 45 min
Turku— 4 nights
Fly + Foot + Bus: 4 h 30 min
Levi— 4 nights
Drive: 2 h 15 min
Rovaniemi— 4 nights
Bus + Fly: 22 h 30 min
End: Ho Chi Minh City
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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.You'll explore and learn at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. Get some cultural insight at Temppeliaukio Church and Katajanokka. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki itinerary planner.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Helsinki is minus 5 hours. In January, Helsinki is much colder than Ho Chi Minh City - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.
Things to do in Helsinki
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Manchester of the North
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maltinranta Artcenter and Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Take a break from the city and head to Rauhaniemi Beach and Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Lahti (Sibelius Hall & Musical Fountain). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Tampere Hall, enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.
For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary app.
Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Turku.
Things to do in Tampere
Lahti, Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.Popular historic sites such as Turku Castle and Kuusisto Manor are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and The Archipelago Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: ArtBank (in Pargas) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.
For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip maker tool.
Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Turku can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.
Things to do in Turku
ArtBank, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Kurjenrahka National Park, Kuusisto Manor
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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 Kids' Land. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park in Muonio, approximately Muonio away. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, get your game on at ICIUM Wonderworld of Ice, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.
To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.
Getting from Turku to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Turku in January: high temperatures in Levi hover around -11°C and lows are around -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.
Things to do in Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Official Hometown of Santa Claus
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Arctic Lifestyle. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and stop by Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus.
To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey planning tool.
You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. February in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Things to do in Rovaniemi
Pyha-Luosto National Park, Ranua Zoo
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