28 days in Finland Itinerary

28 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lieksa
— 4 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Fly
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Levi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bellevue Beach and Aurinkolahti Beach. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo), Linden Esplanade (in Kotka) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. In December, Helsinki is colder than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Kylamaki Village of Living History are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Ett Hem Museum capture your imagination. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, shop like a local with Galleria Joella, head off the coast to Vepsa Island, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku holiday planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Vitikkala Manor. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) & Yyteri Beach) and The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tampere planning website.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Lieksa

— 4 nights
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Visiting Venajanhiekka and Honkaniemi Beach will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Uhrihalkeama and Nurmes Church are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lieksa: Utra Beach (in Joensuu) and Koli National Park (Rasavaara Observation tower, Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, &more). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Lieksa travel route builder.

You can drive from Tampere to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lieksa to Saariselka. Traveling from Lieksa in January, Saariselka is a bit cooler at night with lows of -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Jemes Sport. Do some cultural sightseeing at Samiland and Ounasjoki - River for activities. Step out of Levi to go to Muonio and see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Museums · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

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."