29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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29 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Joensuu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Savonlinna
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Zurich

7
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Pori (Yyteri Beach & Juselius Mausoleum), Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, have fun and explore at The Doll Museum Jubilee Exhibition, and admire the masterpieces at Maltinranta Artcenter.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Tampere journey planning website .

Zurich, Switzerland to Tampere is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Zurich to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Zurich in November; daily highs in Tampere reach 3°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Pori, Holy Cross Church, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

4
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Explore Kuopio's surroundings by going to Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi), Nokkakivi Amusement Park (in Laukaa) and Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, and take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kuopio road trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Venajanhiekka, Southern Konnevesi National park, Nokkakivi Amusement Park
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

4
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore Joensuu's surroundings by going to Parppeinvaaran Runokyla (in Ilomantsi), Lieksa (Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto & Neitikoski Rapids) and Koli National Park (Pielinen, Rylays Hill, & more). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at Treetop Adventure Park and look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Joensuu vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kuopio to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. In December in Joensuu, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Lieksa, Parppeinvaaran Runokyla
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

5
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Cathedral. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mikkeli Cathedral and Kerimaki Church. Get out of town with these interesting Savonlinna side-trips: Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi), Imatra (Imatra Waterfall & Malonsaari) and Puumala (Lietvesi Scenic Road & Puumala wooden church). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Savitaipale Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, get outside with Anjan Puisto, and stroll through The Parikkala Sculpture Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna travel route builder .

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mikkeli, Puumala, Imatra, St. George Church, Saimaa Kanal Museum
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

8
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja). Pack the 17th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, make a trip to Senate Square, stroll through Hietaranta Beach, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Flamingo Entertainment Center, Aurlahti Beach
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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