16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Guatemala City

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday planner .

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Guatemala City in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 12th (Thu): browse the collection at Turku City Library, explore the galleries of Turku Castle, and then find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island. On the next day, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, make a trip to Louhisaari Manor, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Turku trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vaski Adventure Island, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor

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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: Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere road trip tool .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Vitikkala Manor, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Ahvenisto
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

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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.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Snow Village (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). The adventure continues: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort, deepen your understanding at Kids' Land, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Levi online trip maker .

Getting from Tampere to Levi by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tampere in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kittila, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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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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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 20th (Fri), make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally take an in-depth tour of Arktikum. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and finally make a trip to Lordi's Square.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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