41 days in Finland Itinerary

41 days in Finland Itinerary

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41 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Mustasaari
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
9
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Levi
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Dusseldorf

6
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.
Pack the 27th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

Dusseldorf, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Dusseldorf to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dusseldorf in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of Turku to go to Poytya and see Kurjenrahka National Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Naantali, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
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: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Parola (Parola Tank Museum & Holy Cross Church). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tampere travel planner .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. January in Tampere sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

#Museums, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Parola, Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

3
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Explore Pori's surroundings by going to Uusikaupunki (Automobile Museum, Bonk Museum, & more) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Old Rauma, & more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), look for gifts at Porin Kauppahalli, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pori online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Uusikaupunki
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

3
nights
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mustasaari: Vaasa (Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, Hietasaaren uimaranta, & more). Spend a day of island exploring on the 12th (Sat) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's more to do: snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mustasaari holiday maker tool .

You can drive from Pori to Mustasaari in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around -4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

Vaasa, Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Raippaluodon Silta ©
Raippaluodon Silta

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Explore Savonlinna's surroundings by going to Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi), Imatra (Imatra Waterfall & Imatran Kalatalo) and Joutsenon kirkko (in Lappeenranta). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, and find something for the whole family at Punkaharjun Kesamaa.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Savonlinna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mustasaari in January, expect Savonlinna to be a bit cooler, temps between -7°C and -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Nature, #Parks, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Imatra, Punkaharjun Kesamaa, Linnansaari National Park, Joutsenon kirkko
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Kuopio (Puijo Tower, Lutheran Cathedral, & more) and Joensuu (Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla & Carelicum). Spend the 18th (Fri) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Koli National Park are -9°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuopio, Joensuu, Koli
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kuusamo: Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio) and Syote National Park (in Syote). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Ruka, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kuusamo tour planning app .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Koli National Park in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kuusamo, with lows around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Parks, #Nature, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Syote National Park, Riisitunturi National Park
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

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Getting from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

5
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 Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Snow Village (in Kittila). On the 29th (Tue), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, make a trip to Ounasjoki - River for activities, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and take an in-depth tour of Samiland.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Levi tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Levi dip to -21°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

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