29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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29 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Kimito Island
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and admire the masterpieces at Design Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Helsinki holiday planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Brisbane to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Brisbane in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then view the masterpieces at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna journey app .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Savonlinna to be little chillier, temps between -1°C and -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruka and Syote Ski & Nature Resort. Step out of the city life by going to Kiutakongas Rapids and Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Savonlinna in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Kuusamo, with lows around -19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Syote Ski & Nature Resort
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Siida and Gold Prospector Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church & Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church).

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka online journey planner .

Drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Levi Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Yllas Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Snow Village, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's more to do: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi and have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Levi driving holiday planner .

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by combination of bus and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Holy Cross Church and Serlachius Museum Gosta. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Parola Tank Museum (in Parola), Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi) and Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tampere online trip builder .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in January, things will get a bit warmer in Tampere: highs are around -5°C and lows about -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Parola, Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, Petajavesi Old Church, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Church of Keuruu
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Escape the urban bustle at Teijo national park and Vepsa Island. Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Venture out of the city with trips to The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma), Korpo Church (in Korpo) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, explore the galleries of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and make a trip to Archangel Michael's church.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our 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. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rauma, Teijo National Park, Kurjenrahka National Park, Korpo Church
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

4
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Take a break from the city and head to Archipelago National Park and Oro. Discover out-of-the-way places like Soderlangvik and Helsingholm Guest Harbour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kimito Island road trip app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kimito Island takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -9°C. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik Manor ©
Soderlangvik Manor

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