29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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29 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
5
Levi
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
8
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Brussels

2
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.
On the 9th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On your second day here, delve into the lush surroundings at Nuuksio National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel route planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brussels to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Brussels in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Room Escape Games
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 12th (Wed), get a dose of the wild on Archipelago National Park. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then deepen your knowledge of military history at Oro.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kimito Island visit planning site .

Getting from Helsinki to Kimito Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kimito Island are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get outdoors at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Ahvenisto Activity Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Hatanpaa Arboretum. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Haemeenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius & Hameenlinna Art Museum). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tampere, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kimito Island to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, Tampere is a bit cooler than Kimito Island - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, then enjoy some diversion at Action Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saariselka road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Tampere to Saariselka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tampere in December: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -7°C and lows are around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Hippupuoti Gift Shop ©
Hippupuoti Gift Shop
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Levi Ski Resort and Kid's Land. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Snow Village in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, get your game on at G2 Ice Karting Levi, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi online driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Adventure Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Levi Huskypark
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Snow Village ©
Snow Village
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then steep yourself in history at Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip planner .

You can drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Feelapland and Syvasenvaara Fell. When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Tatuka Palvelut in Ylitornio, approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and stop by LAURI.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Tatuka Palvelut
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Tatuka Palvelut ©
Tatuka Palvelut
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Kiutakongas Rapids and Hossa National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Riisitunturi National Park and Pentik Hill. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. December in Kuusamo sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Posio, Hossa National Park
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ukko-Koli and Pielinen. Escape the urban bustle at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Neitikoski Rapids.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip maker app .

Getting from Kuusamo to Koli National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kuusamo in December since evenings lows in Koli National Park dip to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

4
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Visiting Arboretum Mustila and Imatra Waterfall will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Mielakka Ski Center and Riverside Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Hiidenvuori (in Iitti), Wolkoff House Museum (in Lappeenranta) and Church of St. Nicholas (in Imatra). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, and examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kouvola attractions planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kouvola in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Imatra, Wolkoff House Museum, Arboretum Mustila, Riverside Park, Marian Kirkko
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

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