28 days in Finland Itinerary

28 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bilbao
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h 45 min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
5
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
8
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
9
Tampere
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Bilbao

7
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.
Family-friendly places like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and The Swimming Stadium will thrill your kids. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online day trip planner.

Bilbao, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 9- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bilbao to Helsinki is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bilbao in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Family-friendly places like Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Gallery A, and get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip website.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Moomin World, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle

1
night
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 12th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Archipelago National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kimito Island online holiday maker.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Savonlinna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, train, and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kimito Island in December, with highs in Savonlinna at -1°C and lows at -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): kick back and relax at Venajanhiekka, get great views at Vuokatinvaara, and then perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiukka and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sotkamo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Sotkamo takes 4.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Sotkamo are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara
Vuokatti Bowling ©
Vuokatti Bowling

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will enjoy SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Snowman World Igloo Hotel. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planning site.

Drive from Sotkamo to Rovaniemi in 4.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Sotkamo in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus ©
SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus
Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre

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: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). Spend the 21st (Fri) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, and take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Levi holiday maker tool.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Spend the 22nd (Sat) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Terranova, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko, and don't miss a visit to Vanhan Vaasan rauniot.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa route maker tool.

Getting from Levi to Vaasa by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Levi in December, with highs in Vaasa at 1°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Rauhaniemi Beach and Yyteri Beach. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum) and Juselius Mausoleum (in Pori). Pack the 25th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, stop by Keittioelamaa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Parola, Pori
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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