9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Inari
— 1 day
4
Levi
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: London

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online holiday planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip maker app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In December, Savonlinna is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Inari route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in December, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between -7°C and -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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 26th (Wed): whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports Adventure Outdoors
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 27th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In December, Turku is somewhat warmer than Levi - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, and finally see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, then see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Aleksanterin Kirkko.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tampere online tour planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Moomin Museum ©
Moomin Museum

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