29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Head to Brunberg Candy Factory Shop and Kamppi Shopping Centrefor plenty of shopping. You'll explore and learn at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. And it doesn't end there: visit Katajanokka, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Helsinki is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jeddah in December, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 26th (Sun), shop like a local with Retretti Art Centre and then shop like a local with Johanna Oras Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Savonlinna to be a bit cooler, temps between -1°C and -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Head to Laukko Manor and Galleria Rongafor some retail therapy. Vapriikin Museokeskus and Mediamuseo Rupriikki are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, get a taste of the local shopping with Tea Shop Veistrom, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere tour itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Savonlinna to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pori journey planning site.

Drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Appreciate the collections at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Turku can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka online journey builder.

Getting from Turku to Saariselka by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Turku in January; daily highs in Saariselka reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Do your shopping at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Icekarting Levi. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage about 46 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Mon) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Levi vacation maker app.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Head to LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and Arctic Circle Mallfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Rovaniemi Church and Ranua Zoo. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planning website.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Shopping · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."