55 days in Finland Itinerary

55 days in Finland Itinerary

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55 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bhubaneswar
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 15 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
2
Saariselka
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
6
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Mustasaari
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
9
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Bhubaneswar

15
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Hyvinkaa Church (in Hyvinkaa), Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Riimikko). Pack the 3rd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Spend the 13th (Thu) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo, appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Helsinki using our trip planner.

Bhubaneswar, India to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Bhubaneswar to Helsinki. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Bhubaneswar in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Espoo, Porvoo, Raseborg Castle, Hyvinkaa Church, Valkmusa National Park
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 17:
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

8
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, Siida, & more). On the 18th (Tue), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Saariselka attractions planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Saariselka: temperatures range from -7°C by day to -17°C at night. You'll set off for Rovaniemi on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Saariselka

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida ©
Siida

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Venture out of the city with trips to Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Sampo Icebreaker (in Kemi). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. On the 30th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Sampo Icebreaker
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Snow Village about 46 minutes away. On the 1st (Tue), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, take an in-depth tour of Samiland, and have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Levi trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Parks

Side Trip

Snow Village
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
When in Turku, make a side trip to see Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya, approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Turku online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Levi to Turku by combination of bus and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in January; daily highs in Turku reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Naantali, Kurjenrahka National Park
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Haemeenlinna (Vankilamuseo & Palanderin talo). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Suomen Pelimuseo, enjoy some friendly competition at Space Bowling & Billiards Tampere, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip app .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Holy Cross Church, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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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. Change things up with these side-trips from Pori: Rauma (Old Rauma, Ruokapuoti Lumo, & more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, look for gifts at Patakirppis, get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pori trip maker tool .

Drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Pori are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

#Shopping, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Rauma
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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Porin Kauppahalli ©
Porin Kauppahalli
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

3
nights
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Mustasaari: Arctic Museum Nanoq (in Pietarsaari) and Vaasa (Stromso, Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, & more). Spend a day of island exploring on the 14th (Mon) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's more to do: snap pictures at Replot Bridge.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Mustasaari itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pori to Mustasaari. In January, plan for daily highs up to -4°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trips

Vaasa, Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, Arctic Museum Nanoq, Replot Bridge
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Stromso ©
Stromso
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Kuopio (Entertainment Center IsoCee, Kuopio Market City Hall, & more) and Joensuu (Carelicum & Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla).

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mustasaari to Koli National Park. Traveling from Mustasaari in January, expect Koli National Park to be little chillier, temps between -9°C and -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Fun & Games, #Trails

Side Trips

Kuopio, Joensuu, Koli Shop Retkitupa
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then make a trip to The Parikkala Sculpture Park, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Koli National Park to Savonlinna. In January, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park, The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Imatra Waterfall, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

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