14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 day
+2
train + foot + bus:  17​h
2
Inari
— 1 night
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
bus:  3​h
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
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.
On the 7th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at 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 traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki tour itinerary planning tool .

Madrid, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Helsinki. While traveling from Madrid, expect cooler days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 26°F to lows of 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can 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. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Siida, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then get outside with Lake Inari.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip itinerary maker website .

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 slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of 15°F and lows of 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive 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 see reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi sightseeing tool .

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, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 16°F, while at night they dip to 6°F. 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. 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 next day: experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo road trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°F, and evening lows to 2°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catcht the 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. On the 12th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, get a taste of the local shopping with Kauppahalli, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu itinerary builder website .

Traveling by bus from Kuusamo to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Oulu, with lows of 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car 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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, then examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°F, and evening lows to 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Nature Parks 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. On the 14th (Mon), browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), then stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, then don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and finally explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Joensuu day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Kuopio to Joensuu. January in Joensuu sees daily highs of 19°F and lows of 10°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Nature Parks 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): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna online holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Joensuu to Savonlinna with the Route module. January in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 20°F and lows of 9°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

Plan a Tampere trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Theme Parks Museums Parks
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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.
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally trek along The Archipelago Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Turku holiday builder site .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between 27°F during the day and 17°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Aland Island.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors Parks 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.
To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aland Island vacation planner .

Getting from Turku to Aland Island by combination of flight and car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Turku in January, Aland Island is a bit warmer at night with lows of 23°F. On the 18th (Fri), you'll travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums Theme Parks Outdoors
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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take a stroll through Ullanlinna.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Aland Island to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Aland Island in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach 26°F and lows reach 17°F. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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