14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 day
Train to Rovaniemi, Bus to Inari
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Inari
— 1 night
Bus
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive
5
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
6
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
7
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive
8
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Bus
9
Tampere
— 1 night
Bus
10
Turku
— 1 night
Ferry to Långnäs, Drive to Aland Island
11
Aland Island
— 1 night
Ferry to Turku, Train to Helsinki
12
Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 1 day

Daughter of the Baltic

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): enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then walk around Sibelius Monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki tour planning app.

Madrid, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Madrid in January, you will find days in Helsinki are cooler (26°F), and nights are a bit cooler (17°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 8th (Tue), examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then get outside with Lake Inari.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari journey maker.

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by combination of train and bus takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in January, with highs in Inari at 15°F and lows at 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip website.

Take a bus from Inari to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In January in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 16°F during the day and 6°F at night. You will leave for Kuusamo on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nightlife
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 10:

Kuusamo

— 1 night
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): experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo visit planning website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 16°F during the day and 2°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and finally stroll around Ainolan Puisto.

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You can drive from Kuusamo to Oulu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. 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 · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 12:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, then examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 19°F during the day and 10°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 13:

Joensuu

— 1 night
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 14th (Mon), browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, then make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and finally explore the activities along Pielinen.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Joensuu online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Joensuu takes 2 hours. January in Joensuu sees daily highs of 19°F and lows of 10°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna route planning site.

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. In January in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 20°F during the day and 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

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:

Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip builder site.

You can take a bus from Savonlinna to Tampere in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°F in January, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Childrens Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:
Highlights from your trip

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Turku trip builder tool.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 27°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Aland Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

Aland Island

— 1 night
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.
To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aland Island trip tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Turku to Aland Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Turku in January since evenings lows in Aland Island dip to 23°F. You will leave for Helsinki on the 18th (Fri).

Things to do in Aland Island

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 18:

Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): visit Ullanlinna.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and train from Aland Island to Helsinki takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Aland Island in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach 26°F and lows reach 17°F. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."