22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary builder

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Katajanokka and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Nuuksio National Park. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, contemplate the long history of Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi, get engrossed in the history at Alvar Aalto's studio, and see the interesting displays at Mannerheim Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti and then examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, then make a trip to Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally learn about all things military at Bunker Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kotka online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Kotka at -1°C and lows at -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Escape the urban bustle at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Museum-lovers will get to explore Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Salo to see Mathildedalin Kylapanimo about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Turku sightseeing website.

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Appreciate the collections at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Emil Aaltosen Museo. Step off the beaten path and head to Yyteri Beach and Villa Mairea. Change things up with a short trip to Ahtari Zoo in Ahtari (about 2 hours away). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tampere day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally don't miss a visit to Leppavirta Church.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kuopio tour itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Tampere to Kuopio in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Icekarting Levi. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

Fly from Kuopio to Levi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Levi when traveling from Kuopio in January, with lows around -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

Kuusamo

— 4 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Ruka and Kiutakongas Rapids. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction and Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Salla Ski Resort in Salla (about 1h 35 min away). It doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park and look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip app.

Traveling by car from Levi to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -19°C. You will leave for home on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

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."