22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ranua
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Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Levi
— 6 nights
Drive to Kittilä Airport, Fly to Brisbane

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Helsinki — 5 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Turku to see Harmonia about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum.

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Brisbane, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Brisbane to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Brisbane in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.
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Tampere — 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Room Escape Games. Take a break from Tampere with a short trip to Gegwen Getaways in Lempaala, about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere online journey planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Helsinki in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Ranua.
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Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Spas
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Ranua — 1 night

Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 24th (Sun), do a tasting at Ranua-Revontuli Oy and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

For traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Ranua trip builder site.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Ranua in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Kuusamo.
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Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries
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Kuusamo — 2 nights

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): hit the slopes at Ruka. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then get interesting insight from Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo online travel route planner.

Getting from Ranua to Kuusamo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.
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Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Saariselka — 3 nights

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Angry Birds Activity Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

Before you visit Saariselka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Kuusamo in December, Saariselka is a bit cooler at night with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Levi.
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Museums · Theme Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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Levi — 6 nights

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 Kids' Land and Levi Ski Resort. Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, take an in-depth tour of Samiland, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Levi trip builder website.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. You will leave for home on the 4th (Thu).
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Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 4:

Finland travel guide

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Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."
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