28 days in Finland Itinerary

28 days in Finland Itinerary

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28 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
5
Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
6
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Temppeliaukion Church and Helsinki Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Katajanokka, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Inkoon kirkko, Linden Esplanade, Nuuksio National Park, Bellevue Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get in touch with nature at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Bike Rental - by Carfield. You'll explore and learn at Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, and see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Teijo National Park, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo
Highlights from your plan
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Let the collections at Vitikkala Manor and Vapriikin Museokeskus capture your imagination. Visiting Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) & Yyteri Beach), Parola Tank Museum (in Parola) and Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Pori, Vitikkala Manor, Parola Tank Museum, Pihamaa Estate & Winery
Highlights from your plan
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum

4
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. Visit Venajanhiekka and Utra Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Ukko-Koli and Honkaniemi Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Nurmes Church in Nurmes (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, trek along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, delve into the mystery of Uhrihalkeama, and see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lieksa holiday builder .

Drive from Tampere to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Joensuu, Nurmes Church, Venajanhiekka
Highlights from your plan
Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 2nd (Thu), fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka online driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lieksa to Saariselka. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lieksa in January since evenings lows in Saariselka dip to -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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 in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Jemes Sport. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ounasjoki - River for activities and Samiland. When in Levi, make a side trip to see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park in Muonio, approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Levi tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Jemes Sport, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, get a taste of life in the country at Poro Farmi, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

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