23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Canberra
Fly:  27 h
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
3
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6 h 30 min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Levi
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33 h
End: Canberra

5
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 Korkeasaari Zoo. Pack the 7th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation site .

Canberra, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Canberra to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Canberra in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Aurinkolahti Beach ©
Aurinkolahti Beach

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, then trek along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and finally look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Traveling from Helsinki in January, things will get little chillier in Koli National Park: highs are around -9°C and lows about -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Koli
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Pielinen ©
Pielinen

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Hietasaaren uimaranta, see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then examine the collection at Terranova, and finally take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mustasaari trip planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Mustasaari in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Koli National Park in January, expect Mustasaari to be a bit warmer, temps between -4°C and -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Vaasa
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally enjoy some diversion at Action Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka vacation builder site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mustasaari to Saariselka. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mustasaari in January; daily highs in Saariselka reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): stop by Your Piece Of Finland, browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip app .

You can drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Tours Shopping
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Snow Village, explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -21°C in Levi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Parks Trails

Side Trip

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then take in the exciting artwork at Gallery A, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park. On your second day here, head off the coast to Vepsa Island, then get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip tool .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in January; daily highs in Turku reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park. On the 21st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then take in the waterfront activity at Helsingholm Guest Harbour.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island road trip site .

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Soderlangvik Gard
Soderlangvik Gard
Helsingholm Guest Harbour ©
Helsingholm Guest Harbour

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