28 days in Finland Itinerary

28 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive

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Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, then get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka visit planner.

Joensuu to Saariselka is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Joensuu in November, with highs in Saariselka at -3°C and lows at -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Levi vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Trails · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Ranua Zoo in Ranua--about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and look for all kinds of wild species at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online day trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Helsinki

— 6 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

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You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In December, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Turku driving holiday planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Birthplace of Jean Sibelius), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, test the waters at Tullin Sauna, and get a taste of local nightlife at Tea Shop Veistrom.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Tampere attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kuopio

— 3 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Change things up with a short trip to Riuttala Farmhouse Museum in Karttula (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, admire the masterpieces at VB Photographic Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi.

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You can drive from Tampere to Kuopio in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Joensuu (Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko & Joensuu Church). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, and Head underground at Pirunkirkko.

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You can drive from Kuopio to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."