29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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29 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Jyvaskyla
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Joensuu
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Levi
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

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. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) 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
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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 Turku's surroundings by going to Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kultaranta Garden.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
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 Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tampere road trip app .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ahvenisto, Padasjoen Tuomastornit
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

3
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Venture out of the city with trips to Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa), Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Liikelataamo (in Saarijarvi). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the landmark architecture of Petajavesi Old Church, snap pictures at Kuokkalan silta, and pause for some serene contemplation at Petajavesi Old Church.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Petajavesi, Church of Keuruu, Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, Vitikkala Manor, Liikelataamo
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Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art ©
Liikelataamo ©
Liikelataamo
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Kuopio side-trips: Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi), Varkaus Water Tower Terrace (in Varkaus) and Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the natural beauty at Snellman Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kuopio trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Kuopio are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Varkaus Water Tower Terrace, Southern Konnevesi National park, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
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Room Escape Games
Varkaus Water Tower Terrace ©
Varkaus Water Tower Terrace
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

4
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: Koli (Koli Shop Retkitupa & Koli Nature Centre Ukko), Lieksa (Pielisen Museum & Paateri) and Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and make a trip to Joensuu Church.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli, Lieksa, Olavinlinna Castle
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Rovaniemi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Joensuu in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Theme Parks Parks
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Photography Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Snow Village (in Kittila), Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park) and Jemes Sport (in Yllasjarvi). Next up on the itinerary: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort, gain insight at Kids' Land, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Levi day trip planning site .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Kittila, Jemes Sport, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

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