53 days in Finland Itinerary

53 days in Finland Itinerary

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53 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 13 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 9 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Levi
— 12 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

13
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.
Pack the 19th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Fortress of Suomenlinna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sibelius Park & Monument, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Helsinki. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

9
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi), Koskikara Shopping Centre (in Valkeakoski), Serlachius Museum Gosta (in Western Finland), Serlachius Museum Gustaf (in Mantta-Vilppula) and Haemeenlinna (Hame Castle & Aulanko). Pack the 30th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Adventure Park. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, take in the views from Hameensilta, and stop by Ideapark.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip builder.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kangasala, Hameenlinna, Mantta-Vilppula, Petajavesi Old Church, Koskikara Shopping Centre
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Mediamuseo Rupriikki ©
Mediamuseo Rupriikki
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

9
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Vaski Adventure Island (in Naantali), Rauma (The Old Town Hall Museum, Old Rauma, & more) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to ArtBank, admire the masterpieces at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku holiday planner.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali, Pargas, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

9
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Luosto (Kopara Reindeer Park & Amethyst Mine Lapland) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, enjoy some diversion at Arctic Circle Snowmobile park, and make a trip to Santa Claus Office.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Turku to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Turku in January, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between -9°C and -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Luosto, Ranua Zoo
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arctic Lifestyle ©
Arctic Lifestyle

12
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sodankyla (Keski-Luosto & Church of Sodankyla), Kittila (Snow Village & The Sarestoniemi Museum), Akaslompolo (Scandinavian Adventures & Seven Fells Up), Enontekio Church (in Enontekio) and Muonio (Pakasaivo & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park). On the 25th (Wed), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get engrossed in the history at Samiland, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in January; daily highs in Levi reach -13°C and lows reach -23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Sodankyla, Akaslompolo, Kongas, Lapland
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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