17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly:  21 h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Porto Alegre

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. We've included these beaches for you: Bellevue Beach and Aurinkolahti Beach. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Inkoo to see Inkoon kirkko about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, partake in some friendly competition at InsideOut Productions, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder site .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 21-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to Helsinki. In January, Helsinki is much colder than Porto Alegre - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Inkoon kirkko, Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stop by Imatran Kalatalo, hike along Lammassaari Island, then kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally explore the wide array of goods at Prisma.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Imatra online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Imatra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Imatra hover around -7°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Prisma
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatran Kalatalo ©
Imatran Kalatalo
Prisma ©
Prisma

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Appreciate the collections at Vitikkala Manor and Laukko Manor. Do some cultural sightseeing at Galleria Ronga and Haihara Art Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto in Ylojarvi (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip website .

You can drive from Imatra to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Vitikkala Manor, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Laukko Manor
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

3
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.
Head to Elan Ski Shop & Rental and Sarestoniemi Museumfor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Safaris. Step out of Levi to go to Muonio and see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's more to do: make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip site .

Traveling by flight from Tampere to Levi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tampere in January, with highs in Levi at -11°C and lows at -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Safaris, Sarestoniemi Museum
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Safaris

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and Museum - Gallery Alariesto. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Museum - Gallery Alariesto
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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