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:  3 h
2
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Ranua
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 15 min
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  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.
Attractions like Levi Ski Resort and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery make great kid-friendly stops. Get some cultural insight at Ounasjoki - River for activities and Church of Sodankyla. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and hit the slopes at Discover Lapland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Levi is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 8 hours. 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 Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Church of Sodankyla
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
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, thenstroll 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 see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka travel route builder site.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 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

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Inari
Highlights from your plan
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 ©
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

Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
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 Paaskylahden kirkko. Get out of town with these interesting Savonlinna side-trips: Heinaveden kirkko (in Heinavesi), Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy (in Anttola) and Rautjarven kirkko (in Simpele). And it doesn't end there: take in the history at Salpa Line, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, and contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna driving holiday planner.

Getting from Ranua to Savonlinna by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -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

Tohmajarven kirkko, Heinaveden kirkko, Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy, Rautjarven kirkko, Salpa Line
Highlights from your plan
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 Vapriikin Museokeskus and Nasinneula Tower. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Rauma and Koylion Kirkkokari. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Himos Ski Resort (in Jamsa), Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Pori (Yyteri Beach, Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tampere, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pori, Himos Ski Resort, Koylion Kirkkokari, Church of Keuruu, Old Rauma
Highlights from your plan
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

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, thengain insight at Turku Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town

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 Cathedral of Porvoo. Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Heureka (in Vantaa), Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Brunberg Candy Factory Shop) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Mannerheim Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Old Customs House, view the masterpieces at CraftCorner, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Johannes Church.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour planner.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

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

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