22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Kuusamo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Aurinkolahti Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Katajanokka. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of Alvar Aalto's studio, steep yourself in history at Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday builder app .

Toronto, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti and then examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, browse the exhibits of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, steep yourself in history at St. John's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kotka sightseeing app .

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Kotka hover around -1°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hamina, Bunker Museum, Salpa Line Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bellevue Beach and Turku Cathedral. Get some historical perspective at Turku Castle and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Salo to see Mathildedalin Kylapanimo about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, and see the interesting displays at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Turku road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. 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 catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere Cathedral and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Yyteri Beach and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Villa Mairea (in Noormarkku) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip maker .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ahtari Zoo, Villa Mairea, Yyteri Beach
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 1st (Wed), examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then pause for some serene contemplation 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 next day: explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Leppavirta Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kuopio online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Kuopio sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Leppavirta Church, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

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.
Get outdoors at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Levi Ski Resort and Ice Karting Levi. Step out of Levi to go to Muonio and see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. It doesn't end there: deepen your understanding at Kid's Land.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Levi online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kuopio to Levi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kuopio in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Levi, with lows around -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

4
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction and Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruka and Kiutakongas Rapids. Step out of Kuusamo to go to Salla and see Salla Ski Resort, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kuusamo are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Salla
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Salla Ski Resort ©
Salla Ski Resort