20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Katajanokka and Liopro Finland - Handmade Souvenir. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online travel planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Helsinki is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Auckland to Helsinki, you'll gain 10 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is much colder than Auckland - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Kotka

— 2 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, pause for some serene contemplation at Kymi Church, then examine the collection at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, steep yourself in history at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Bunker Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, and finally admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, Kotka is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 25:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, then don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. On the next day, stroll through Vepsa Island, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Turku day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Rauhaniemi Beach. Visit St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Birthplace of Jean Sibelius (in Hameenlinna), Jokioinen Museum Railway (in Jokioinen) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary app.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park and then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Saariselka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tampere in December: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -7°C and lows are around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

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Getting from Saariselka to Levi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and then look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."