20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
bus:  45​min
1
Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Kajaani
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kuusamo
— 4 nights
5
Inari
— 4 nights
6
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Kemi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
9
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
10
Helsinki
— 1 night
End: Helsinki

1
night
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the long history of The Runeberg Home, steep yourself in history at Castle Hill, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Porvoo travel website .

Helsinki to Porvoo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. November in Porvoo sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Kokonniemi ©
Kokonniemi
The Runeberg Home ©
The Runeberg Home
Castle Hill ©
Castle Hill

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Savonlinna online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Porvoo to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Porvoo, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Savonlinna, ranging from highs of 1°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

2
nights
Kajaani

Kajaani ©
To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kajaani tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kajaani takes 4.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Kajaani can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Kajaani

Theme Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti, Kainuun Vaellustalli
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Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins
Kajaani art museum ©
Kajaani art museum

4
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Visiting Salla Ski Resort and Kiutakongas Rapids will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuusamo: Suomussalmi (Martinselkonen Wilds Centre & The Silent People) and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction (in Salla). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo, stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Kajaani to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Traveling from Kajaani in November, expect slightly colder with lows of -8°C in Kuusamo. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Suomussalmi, Salla
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Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Inari can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 3rd (Mon), have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and then get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Inari to Rovaniemi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Kemi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

1
night
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kemi trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kemi by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Kemi can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Kemi

Historic Sites
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Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church
Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla trip builder tool .

Getting from Kemi to Jyvaskyla by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -8°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Fun & Games
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Room Escape Games

1
night
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 7th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Jyvaskyla to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

1
night
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.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Tampere, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence

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