23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  29 h
1
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Ranua
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  7 h 15 min
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Tampere
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Levi Ski Resort and Discover Lapland. Get a sense of the local culture at Church of Sodankyla and Ounasjoki - River for activities. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Levi itinerary planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Levi is an approximately 29- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get much colder in Levi: highs are around -3°C and lows about -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Tours

Side Trips

Church of Sodankyla, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Discover Lapland ©
Discover Lapland
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, then stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka travel route builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Saariselka are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Inari
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

1
night
Ranua

Ranua ©
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 5th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

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You can drive from Saariselka to Ranua in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife Parks
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Step off the beaten path and head to Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Cathedral. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tohmajarven kirkko and Rautjarven kirkko. Get out of town with these interesting Savonlinna side-trips: Salpa Line (in Kerimaki), Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy (in Anttola) and Heinaveden kirkko (in Heinavesi). It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli and appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna vacation tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Ranua to Savonlinna takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Salpa Line, Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy, Heinaveden kirkko, Rautjarven kirkko, Tohmajarven kirkko
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Tohmajarven kirkko ©
Tohmajarven kirkko
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Bring the kids along to Yyteri Beach and Herrainpaivat Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Old Rauma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Koylion Kirkkokari (in Koylio) and Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo (in Pori). Next up on the itinerary: get all the equipment you need at Himos Ski Resort, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tampere itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pori, Himos Ski Resort, Church of Keuruu, Koylion Kirkkokari, Old Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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 13th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, browse the exhibits of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Kuusisto Manor, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then gain insight at Turku Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Kuusisto Manor
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

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.
Get some historical perspective at The Aalto House and Mannerheim Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and The National Museum of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo, Porvoo Old Town, &more) and Heureka (in Vantaa). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, admire the landmark architecture of Johannes Church, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Espoo, Heureka
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

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