14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— Few hours
train + bus:  17​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
bus:  6​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Savonlinna
— 1 night
bus:  7​h
9
Tampere
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 30​min
10
Turku
— 1 night
ferry + Drive:  5​h 30​min
11
Aland Island
— 1 night
+2
ferry + bus + train:  8​h 30​min
12
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Madrid

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Hietaranta Beach, then get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Sibelius Monument.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Madrid to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in January, you will find days in Helsinki are much colder (26°F), and nights are a bit cooler (17°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hietaranta Beach ©
Hietaranta Beach
Sibelius Monument ©
Sibelius Monument

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Siida, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then get outside with Lake Inari.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Inari vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Helsinki to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Inari is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 15°F and lows of 1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Shopping
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Inari to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In January in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 16°F during the day and 6°F at night. On the 10th (Thu), you're off toKuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): get outside with Karhunkierros and then hit the slopes at Ruka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 16°F, while nighttime lows are 2°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and finally stroll through Ainolan Puisto.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip site .

Take a bus from Kuusamo to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Oulu, with lows of 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto

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Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 13th (Sun), ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 19°F, while at night they dip to 10°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Nature Museums
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

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Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, then make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Joensuu trip builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Kuopio to Joensuu with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Joensuu are 19°F, while nighttime lows are 10°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Pielinen
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla
Kauppakeskus Iso Myy ©
Kauppakeskus Iso Myy

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna travel itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Savonlinna. January in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 20°F and lows of 9°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 16th (Wed), look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tampere vacation builder website .

Getting from Savonlinna to Tampere by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally hike along The Archipelago Trail.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Turku day trip website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Turku are 27°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Aland Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Aland Island

Aland Island
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language.
For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Aland Island online trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Turku to Aland Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Turku in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Aland Island, with lows of 23°F. On the 18th (Fri), you're off toHelsinki.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums Theme Parks Outdoors
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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 18th (Fri), wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online visit planner .

Getting from Aland Island to Helsinki by combination of car and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Aland Island in January, things will get little chillier in Helsinki: highs are around 26°F and lows about 17°F. On the 20th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Ullanlinna ©
Ullanlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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