27 days in Finland Itinerary

27 days in Finland Itinerary

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27 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Levi
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Vaasa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Tampere
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Bilbao

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.
Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

Bilbao, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Bilbao to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Bilbao - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, enjoy some diversion at Flowpark, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turku online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Rauma, Moomin World, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Mikkeli (Mannerheim`s Saloon Car & Mikkeli Cathedral), Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Puumala (Puumala wooden church & Lietvesi Scenic Road). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, and take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna holiday planner .

You can drive from Turku to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In December, Savonlinna is little chillier than Turku - with highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mikkeli, Puumala, Joutsenon kirkko, Linnansaari National Park, Imatra Waterfall
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi route maker .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Rovaniemi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in December, with highs in Rovaniemi at -6°C and lows at -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Snow Village (in Kittila). On the 20th (Thu), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, don't miss a visit to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Levi online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Snow Village
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Spend a day of island exploring on the 21st (Fri) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Vaasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Levi in December: high temperatures in Vaasa hover around 1°C and lows are around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Pori (Yyteri Beach & Juselius Mausoleum) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, and kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pori, Holy Cross Church
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum

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