21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Bilbao
Fly:  8 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Bilbao

4
nights
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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, walk around The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planner.

Bilbao, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bilbao to Helsinki. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Bilbao in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 26th (Sat): cruise along Lietvesi Scenic Road, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through The Parikkala Sculpture Park, explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parikkalan kirkko, thensee the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna tour builder app.

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Savonlinna hover around -1°C and lows are around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Parikkala, Lietvesi Scenic Road, Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, go for a walk through Rylays Hill, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Pielinen ©
Pielinen

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip site.

Drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 3rd (Sun), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort and then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort. On your second day here, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, fly down the slopes at Kids' Land, thenget your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, and finally don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Levi online attractions planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, Levi is a bit cooler at night with lows of -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Giewont Husky Adventures, Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Hameenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius & Ahvenisto) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tampere holiday planner.

You can fly from Levi to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in January, with highs in Tampere at -5°C and lows at -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Visavuori
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto

3
nights
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 8th (Fri): deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, browse the collection at Turku City Library, thenexplore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally make a trip to Archangel Michael's church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, thensee the interesting displays at Bonk Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary app.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. January in Turku sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Naantali, Louhisaari Manor, Bonk Museum
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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