23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Turku
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Aurinkolahti Beach will get you outdoors. Pack the 7th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel itinerary planner.

Canberra, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Canberra in January; daily highs in Helsinki reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and finally look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January, Koli National Park is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -9°C and lows of -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Mustasaari

— 1 night
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta, examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then see the interesting displays at Terranova, and finally snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari travel route planning website.

Getting from Koli National Park to Mustasaari by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Koli National Park in January: high temperatures in Mustasaari hover around -4°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, look for gifts at Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Saariselka takes 10.5 hours. Traveling from Mustasaari in January, things will get slightly colder in Saariselka: highs are around -11°C and lows about -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Rovaniemi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 16th (Wed), kick your exploration up a notch at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Levi trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -21°C in Levi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Tours · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Vepsa Island, take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku tour planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Levi to Turku in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Levi in January, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Kimito Island

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Archipelago National Park. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Soderlangvik Gard and then go for a stroll along the water at Helsingholm Guest Harbour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Kimito Island sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

Finland travel guide

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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."