30 days in Finland Itinerary

30 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 23:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Rauma (Old Rauma, The Old Town Hall Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and get advice or help at Turku City Library.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Turku online travel route planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church), Ronni - Summer Dance Pavilion (in Orivesi) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, get your game on at PortaaliVR, get in on the excitement at Irti Maasta Tampere, and stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

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You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

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: Koli National Park (Ukko-Koli, Uhrihalkeama, &more), Koli (Koli Shop Retkitupa & Koli Nature Centre Ukko) and Joensuu (Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, Joensuu Church, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, make a trip to Paateri, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Lieksa tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Lieksa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around -8°C in January, and nighttime lows around -14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, have fun at Santa Claus Office, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planning website.

Getting from Lieksa to Rovaniemi by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In January in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -10°C during the day and -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 9:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Safaris (in Akaslompolo), Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Levi online road trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -21°C in Levi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

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."