29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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29 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Levi
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Helsinki

3
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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Helsinki. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Ruokapuoti Lumo, & more), Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Turku are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali, Bonk Museum, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Padasjoki (Padasjoen Tuomastornit & Kelvenne Trail), Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Hameenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, Palander House, & more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, get in on the excitement at Irti Maasta Tampere, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tampere are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Padasjoki, Holy Cross Church, Kallenaution Kievari
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

4
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Explore Jyvaskyla's surroundings by going to Leppavirta Church (in Leppavirta), Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula) and Kuopio (Room Escape Games, Vainolanniemi, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Church, look for gifts at Vitikkala Manor, tour or see a show at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, and learn about all things military at Communications Centre Lokki.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla online trip planner .

Getting from Tampere to Jyvaskyla by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Jyvaskyla are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kuopio, Mikkeli, Liikelataamo, Vitikkala Manor, Leppavirta Church
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Room Escape Games
Liikelataamo ©
Liikelataamo

4
nights
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. Explore Lieksa's surroundings by going to Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka) and Koli (Koli Shop Retkitupa & Koli Nature Centre Ukko). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, and see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lieksa online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Lieksa takes 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -8°C, and evening lows to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli, Paalasmaan Surukivi
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

4
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi journey planner .

Drive from Lieksa to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -10°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Pyhatunturi
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Safaris (in Akaslompolo) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). The adventure continues: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Levi trip planning app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Levi dip to -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Giewont Husky Adventures, Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Safaris
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

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