14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  17​h
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

5
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 22nd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Rock Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planning site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. In April, Helsinki is colder than Johannesburg - with highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 24th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then examine the collection at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere journey site .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In April, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
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 26th (Fri): browse the collection at Turku City Library, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. April in Turku sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, get interesting insight from Tours, and then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Levi road trip tool .

You can fly from Turku to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Turku in April: high temperatures in Levi hover around 3°C and lows are around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Trails
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

2
nights
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 (Mon): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, see Santa Claus Office, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. April in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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