7 days in Turku, Joutsa & Lapland Itinerary

7 days in Turku, Joutsa & Lapland Itinerary

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Drive to Manchester Airport, Fly to Turku
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Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Kittilä Airport, Drive to Levi
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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 14th (Tue): get advice or help at Turku City Library.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip planning site.

Birmingham, UK to Turku is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In December, Turku is little chillier than Birmingham - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Joutsa.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Joutsa is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. On the 16th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Leivonmaki National Park.

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Getting from Turku to Joutsa by car takes about 4 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Turku in December: high temperatures in Joutsa hover around -1°C and lows are around -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Joutsa

Parks · Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Levi vacation maker tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joutsa to Levi. Traveling from Joutsa in December, expect Levi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 18th (Sat), wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Inari road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Levi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Inari can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

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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.
On the 19th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): see Santa Claus Office and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Inari to Rovaniemi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Museums
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Southwest Finland travel guide

Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.


Central Finland travel guide

Specialty Museums · Nightlife · Room Escape Games
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia


Lapland travel guide

Landmarks · Nightlife · Safaris
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.