29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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29 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Townsville
Fly:  29​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  32​h
End: Townsville

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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online itinerary planner .

Townsville, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Townsville in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen), Rauma (Marela Museum House, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, & more) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, browse the collection at Turku City Library, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

Find out how to plan Turku trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki), Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tampere driving holiday site .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Ahvenisto, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Holy Cross Church
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

4
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jyvaskyla: Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa), Leppavirta Church (in Leppavirta) and Kuopio (Room Escape Games & Vainolanniemi). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, get your game on at Liikelataamo, take in the architecture and design of University of Jyvaskyla, and take in the views from Karkisten Silta.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla road trip app .

You can take a train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Jyvaskyla can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kuopio, Mikkeli, Old Church of Keuruu, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Vitikkala Manor
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Room Escape Games
Liikelataamo ©
Liikelataamo
University of Jyvaskyla ©
University of Jyvaskyla

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Joensuu: Lieksa (Paateri & Pielisen Museum) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Joensuu trip maker website .

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Joensuu in 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Lieksa, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

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.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park) and Snow Village (in Kittila). And it doesn't end there: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Levi tour itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Joensuu to Levi with the Route module. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Joensuu in December; daily highs in Levi reach -6°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort
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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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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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