7 days in Finland Itinerary

7 days in Finland Itinerary

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7 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Brussels


1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Brussels in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 25th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Pohtiolampi.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Tampere to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pohtiolampi ©
Pohtiolampi

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Kurjenrahka National Park. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Levi day trip planner .

Getting from Turku to Levi by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In December, Levi is little chillier than Turku - with highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Tours Adventure
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Lordi's Square, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then try your luck at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, and finally stop by Your Piece Of Finland.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online trip planner .

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Fun & Games Casinos Nightlife
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Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi ©
Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi
Safaris
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge ©
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge

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