16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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16 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Stuttgart
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Stuttgart

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Kansallisgalleria. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Porvoo Old Town about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday maker tool .

Stuttgart, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. In January, Helsinki is little chillier than Stuttgart - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and then find something for the whole family at Ahvenisto.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ahvenisto
Highlights from your plan
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Room Escape Games

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 29th (Wed): examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 31st (Fri), get outside with Karhunkierros, stroll through Ruka, then admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Kuusamo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Turku in January; daily highs in Kuusamo reach -10°C and lows reach -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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 1st (Sat): hit the slopes at Kids' Land, explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, and then stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then make a trip to Snow Village, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Levi travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Levi takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and then get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Saariselka road trip site .

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Saariselka are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
Highlights from your plan
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ranua Zoo and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip builder site .

Drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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