29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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29 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bilbao
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 4 nights
+2
bus + Fly + shuttle:  2​h 30​min
3
Inari
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Kuopio
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
7
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Bilbao

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Feelapland and LAURI. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ylitornio to see Tatuka Palvelut about 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi route maker .

Bilbao, Spain to Rovaniemi is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Bilbao in December, expect Rovaniemi to be colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Fun & Games Trails

Side Trip

Tatuka Palvelut
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Tatuka Palvelut ©
Tatuka Palvelut

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Snow Village in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, get your game on at Kid's Land, and find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Levi road trip planning site .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kittila, Levi Huskypark, 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
Inari

Inari ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siida and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Get out of town with these interesting Inari side-trips: Saariselka (Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort & Hippupuoti Gift Shop).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari holiday builder tool .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Inari, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 12th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolovesi National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna route planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Savonlinna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Savonlinna: highs are around -1°C and lows about -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kolovesi National Park, Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Explore hidden gems such as Ukko-Koli and Pielisen Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Joensuu (Joensuu Church & Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko).

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park road trip app .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In December in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Joensuu, Koli
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Koli Nature Centre Ukko ©
Koli Nature Centre Ukko

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Puijo Tower and Kuopio Market City Hall. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, make a trip to Satamankulma, and contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kuopio online vacation planner .

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuopio by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Nature
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Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa in Sastamala--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and have some family-friendly fun at Irti Maasta Tampere.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Tampere vacation builder .

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
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Portaali VR ©
Portaali VR
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

3
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Castle and Bellevue Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanko Water Tower (in Hanko) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Ruokapuoti Lumo, & more). Next up on the itinerary: gain insight at Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Turku trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Hanko
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Room Escape Games and Hakaniemi Market. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Pieni Suklaatehdas & Porvoo Old Town). Pack the 29th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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