28 days in Finland Itinerary

28 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Turku
— 4 nights
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Tampere
— 4 nights
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Lieksa
— 4 nights
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Saariselka
— 1 night
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Levi
— 4 nights
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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 Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Linden Esplanade (in Kotka), Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo) 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

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 · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Kylamaki Village of Living History and Galleria Joella capture your imagination. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Turku online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Castle
Turku Castle
4.5
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Religious Site
Turku Cathedral
4.4

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Tampere

Tampere ©

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 The Parola Armour Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Yyteri Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa) and Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) (in Pori). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Tampere

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Beach
Yyteri Beach
4.6
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Military Museum
The Parola Armour Museum
4.7

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Lieksa

Lieksa ©
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: Koli National Park (Rasavaara Observation tower, Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, &more) and Utra Beach (in Joensuu). 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:
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Hiking Trail
Paha-Koli Hill
5.0
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Hiking Trail
Akka-Koli Hill
5.0

1
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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 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

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Levi

Levi ©
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 Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Samiland and Ounasjoki - River for activities. Step out of Levi to go to Yllasjarvi and see Jemes Sport, which is approximately 48 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 · Nature

Side Trips

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Biking Trail
Levi Ski Resort
4.4
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Ski Area
Yllas Ski Resort
4.1

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Rovaniemi

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 · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Must see
Safaris
4.4
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History Museum
Arktikum
4.1
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Specialty Museum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles
4.5

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