28 days in Finland Itinerary

28 days in Finland Itinerary

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28 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Fly + train:  9​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
3
Inari
— 1 day
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
6
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Bilbao

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Attractions like Ahvenisto Activity Park and Rauhaniemi Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Holy Cross Church. When in Tampere, make a side trip to see Palander House in Haemeenlinna, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Tampere trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Bilbao, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Bilbao to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bilbao in December; daily highs in Tampere reach 0°C and lows reach -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Holy Cross Church
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Attractions like Vaski Adventure Island and JukuPark Turku make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, gain insight at Turku Cathedral, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Naantali, Bellevue Beach
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Vaski Adventure Island ©
Vaski Adventure Island
JukuPark Turku ©
JukuPark Turku
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

1
day
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Inari trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Turku to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Turku in December, expect Inari to be a bit cooler, temps between -7°C and -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kid's Land and Ice Karting Levi. Venture out of the city with trips to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Snow Village (in Kittila). On the 9th (Sun), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures and experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Feelapland and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Discover out-of-the-way places like Syvasenvaara Fell and Lappi Areena. The adventure continues: look for gifts at LAURI, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, and make a trip to Lordi's Square.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi holiday tool .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Fun & Games Theme Parks
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
LAURI ©
LAURI

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kiutakongas Rapids and Jalavan Kauppa. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuusamo: Hossa National Park (in Suomussalmi) and Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

Hossa National Park, Riisitunturi National Park, Jalavan Kauppa
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Jalavan Kauppa ©
Jalavan Kauppa
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Puijo Tower and Room Escape Games. Venture out of the city with trips to Heinaveden kirkko (in Heinavesi), Leppavirta Church (in Leppavirta) and Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu). There's lots more to do: enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Satamankulma.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuopio day trip website .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Kuopio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuusamo in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kuopio, with lows of -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Old Mine Mining Museum, Heinaveden kirkko, Leppavirta Church
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Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Bring the kids along to Beach Mansikkalahti and Arboretum Mustila. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sapokka Water Garden and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Marian Kirkko (in Hamina) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). On the 24th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mielakka Ski Center. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Kotka Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kotka travel planner .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Kotka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kouvola, Hamina, Salpa Line Museum, Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori
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Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

4
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.
Kids will enjoy Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Room Escape Games and Porvoo Old Town. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and cool off at The Swimming Stadium.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Kotka in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre ©
The Swimming Stadium ©
The Swimming Stadium

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