30 days in Finland Itinerary

30 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

— 5 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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and make a trip to Senate Square.

Plan trip to Helsinki with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki. In December, Helsinki is colder than Sydney - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Old Rauma, The Old Town Hall Museum, &more) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip app.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church), Ronni - Summer Dance Pavilion (in Orivesi) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and have some family-friendly fun at PortaaliVR.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Lieksa

— 4 nights
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lieksa: Joensuu (Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, Joensuu Church, &more), Koli National Park (Ukko-Koli, Uhrihalkeama, &more) and Koli (Koli Shop Retkitupa & Koli Nature Centre Ukko). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lieksa trip app.

You can drive from Tampere to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, see Santa Claus Office, and examine the collection at Christmas House Santa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Rovaniemi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Lieksa to Rovaniemi in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Lieksa in December, things will get slightly colder in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park), Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). There's still lots to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and gear up at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

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."