23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  15​h
1
Hamina
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
4
Inari
— 1 day
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Boston

1
night
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Fortress, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then stroll through Beach Mansikkalahti, then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Main Building of Military School.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Hamina trip maker website .

Boston, USA to Hamina is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Boston in December; daily highs in Hamina reach 30°F and lows reach 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Hamina

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Kotka, Bunker Museum, Salpa Line Museum
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral ©

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, then enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral. On your second day here, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, and finally take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kuopio day trip app .

Getting from Hamina to Kuopio by car takes about 4 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 27°F, while at night they dip to 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Ruka, then see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park. On your second day here, experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Kuopio to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuopio in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Kuusamo, with lows around 11°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
On the 3rd (Fri), take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Inari sightseeing planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 15°F, while at night they dip to 1°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Levi Ski Resort and Ice Karting Levi. Get in touch with nature at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. It doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and get your game on at Kid's Land.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi attractions planner .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°F in January, and nighttime lows around -1°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports 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
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some cultural insight at Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Step off the beaten path and head to Ahtari Zoo and Rauhaniemi Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Yyteri Beach (in Pori) and Villa Mairea (in Noormarkku). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in January, with highs in Tampere at 23°F and lows at 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Yyteri Beach, Villa Mairea, Ahtari Zoo
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

4
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 Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Escape the urban bustle at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Rauma (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, & more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and examine the collection at Turku Biological Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 27°F, and evening lows to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo) and Raseborg (Raseborg Castle & Ekenas Museum). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel route planner.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In January in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 26°F during the day and 17°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Raseborg, Fagervik Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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