23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly
5
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
6
Rauma
— 5 nights
Drive
7
Forssa
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Toulouse

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Kids will appreciate attractions like Kansallisgalleria and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo), Hanko (Gunnarstrand, Tulliniemi Nature Path, &more) and Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), get a new perspective on things with Guide-Matti, examine the collection at Vantaa Art Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Toulouse, France to Helsinki is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Toulouse in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ukko-Koli and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Koli Nature Centre Ukko and Uhrihalkeama. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and hike along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park online tour planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Helsinki in January: high temperatures in Koli National Park hover around -9°C and lows are around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at S/S Salama, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 29th (Fri), head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip planner.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Savonlinna in January, expect Mariehamn to be somewhat warmer, temps between 0°C and -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 28 — 29:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Family-friendly places like Turun Kauppahalli and Turku Castle will thrill your kids. Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Turku Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Lenholm Conservation Area (in Pargas). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, view the masterpieces at Turun Taidehalli, shop like a local with Gallery A, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mariehamn in January; daily highs in Turku reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:

Rauma

— 5 nights
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bothnian Sea National Park and Yyteri Beach. Visiting Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park and Kuuskajaskari will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Rauma: Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki), Villa Mairea (in Noormarkku) and Pori (Pori Art Museum & Yyterin Nakotorni). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, go for a stroll along the water at Katanpaa, explore the world behind art at Rauma Art Museum, and take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rauma travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Rauma takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rauma are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Forssa.

Things to do in Rauma

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:

Forssa

— 1 night
Forssa is a cozy and lively town with diverse and high-quality services just around the corner.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Torronsuo National Park, see the interesting displays at Suomen Hevosurheilumuseo, and then see the interesting displays at Jokioinen Museum Railway.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Forssa road trip app.

You can drive from Rauma to Forssa in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Forssa

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 9:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, then get a taste of the local shopping with Laukko Manor, and finally examine the collection at Veturimuseo. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

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You can drive from Forssa to Tampere in 1.5 hours. February in Tampere sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 9 — 11:

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."

North Karelia travel guide

3.8
Hiking Trails · Landmarks · Gardens
North Karelia is a region in eastern Finland. It borders the regions of Kainuu, Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia and South Karelia, as well as Russia.The city of Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia.North Karelia is renowned among public health officials. In the 1960s Finland led industrialized nations in heart disease mortality rates; North Karelia had Finland's highest incidence. In 1972 a long-term project was undertaken which targeted this risk in North Karelia. The resulting improvement in public health is still considered remarkable, a model for the rest of the nation.MunicipalitiesThe region of North Karelia is made up of 13 municipalities, of which four have city status (marked in bold).Joensuu sub-region: Ilomantsi (5,693)Joensuu (74,475)Juuka (5,355)Kontiolahti (14,104)Liperi (12,288)Outokumpu (7,396)Polvijärvi (4,772) Central Karelia sub-region: Kitee (9,083)Rääkkylä (2,528)Tohmajärvi (4,975)Pielinen Karelia sub-region: Lieksa (12,568)Nurmes (8,358)Valtimo (2,438)

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Aland travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Historic Sites