20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tallahassee
Fly:  14​h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Tallahassee

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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel route planner .

Tallahassee, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Tallahassee in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 37°F and lows are around 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, and finally examine the collection at Louhisaari Manor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, browse the collection at Turku City Library, then take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 25°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Vaski Adventure Island
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 26th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and then get in on the family fun at Ahvenisto. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tampere online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in December, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ahvenisto
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

2
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stop by Vitikkala Manor, then pause for some serene contemplation at Old Church of Keuruu, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Liikelataamo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): walk around Tourujoen Luontopolku, learn about all things military at Finnish Air Force Museum, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Jyvaskyla, then get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Jyvaskyla sees daily highs of 28°F and lows of 19°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Church of Keuruu, Liikelataamo, Vitikkala Manor
Highlights from your plan
Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum
Liikelataamo ©
Liikelataamo
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. On the 30th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and finally hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and then hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lieksa trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Lieksa takes 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 30°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
Highlights from your plan
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi holiday app .

You can drive from Lieksa to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, Rovaniemi is slightly colder than Lieksa - with highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Snow Village (in Kittila), Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, browse the exhibits of LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Levi dip to -1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort, Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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