22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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22 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Boston
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Kuusamo
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Boston

3
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 Beach Mansikkalahti and Aurinkolahti Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and Stadin Panimo. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Linden Esplanade (in Kotka). The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

Boston, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. When traveling from Boston in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Helsinki, with highs around 37°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kotka, Porvoo Old Town, Nuuksio National Park
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Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Explore hidden gems such as Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Turku Cathedral. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Mathildedalin Kylapanimo in Salo, approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, make a trip to Naantali Old Town, and let little ones run wild at Adventure Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Turku driving holiday planning app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach, Naantali Old Town
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Mathildedalin Kylapanimo ©
Mathildedalin Kylapanimo

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
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 Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Linna Golf & Country Club. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere tour planning website .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Linna Golf & Country Club
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Spas & Wellness
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Explore hidden gems such as Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. There's more to do: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi and deepen your understanding at Kid's Land.

Start your trip to Levi by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Tampere to Levi in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. In January, Levi is little chillier than Tampere - with highs of 15°F and lows of -1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 10th (Fri), get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, then examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally have fun at Action Park.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Saariselka are 15°F, while nighttime lows are 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Venajanhiekka, take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Hiidenportti National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sotkamo route builder site .

Getting from Saariselka to Sotkamo by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: fly. Traveling from Saariselka in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 8°F in Sotkamo. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling

4
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ruka and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction. Get in touch with nature at Hossa National Park and Kiutakongas Rapids. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip planner .

Drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Traveling from Sotkamo in January, plan for little chillier nights in Kuusamo, with lows around 2°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hossa National Park, Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

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