44 days in Finland Itinerary

44 days in Finland Itinerary

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44 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Mikkeli
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Kuopio
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Levi
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 30​min
7
Tampere
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Helsinki
— 7 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  11​h 30​min
End: Abu Dhabi

5
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore Mikkeli's surroundings by going to Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju), Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Puumala (Puumalan Lake, Lietvesi Scenic Road, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Naisvuori Observation Tower.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli road trip tool .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Mikkeli is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Mikkeli due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Abu Dhabi in December; daily highs in Mikkeli reach -1°C and lows reach -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Puumala, Savonlinna, Wolkoff House Museum, St. George Church, Woikosken Automuseo
Highlights from your plan
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake

5
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi), Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara) and Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula). Next up on the itinerary: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, and make a trip to Satamankulma.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Mikkeli to Kuopio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Southern Konnevesi National park, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto, Old Mine Mining Museum
Highlights from your plan
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
Room Escape Games

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. Get out of town with these interesting Lieksa side-trips: Koli (Koli Shop Retkitupa & Koli Nature Centre Ukko) and Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, take in the pleasant sights at Rylays Hill, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lieksa day trip app .

Drive from Kuopio to Lieksa in 3 hours. In December in Lieksa, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli, Paalasmaan Surukivi
Highlights from your plan
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi), Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip tool .

Getting from Lieksa to Rovaniemi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. January in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Pyha-Luosto National Park, Pyhatunturi
Highlights from your plan
Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Snow Village (in Kittila), Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, get your game on at Kids' Land, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect little chillier with lows of -21°C in Levi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Kittila, Yllas Ski Resort, Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, Otsamo Fell, & more).

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
Highlights from your plan
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Holy Cross Church (in Parola), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Birthplace of Jean Sibelius). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, have some family-friendly fun at Portaali, tour or see a game at Irti Maasta Tampere, and have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

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Getting from Saariselka to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in January: high temperatures in Tampere hover around -5°C and lows are around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Vitikkala Manor, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Holy Cross Church, Kallenaution Kievari
Highlights from your plan
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, The Old Town Hall Museum, & more), Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Turku are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Vaski Adventure Island, Louhisaari Manor, Bonk Museum
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Bonk Museum ©
Bonk Museum

7
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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Helsinki are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, King's Road
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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