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
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive
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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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

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. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Helsinki reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:

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: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Rauma (Old Rauma, The Old Town Hall Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and get your bearings at Turku City Library.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Turku day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki), Ronni - Summer Dance Pavilion (in Orivesi) and Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and have some family-friendly fun at Irti Maasta Tampere.

Discover how to plan a Tampere trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lieksa: Koli (Koli Shop Retkitupa & Koli Nature Centre Ukko), Joensuu (Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, Joensuu Church, &more) and Koli National Park (Ukko-Koli, Uhrihalkeama, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, make a trip to Paateri, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lieksa road trip planning tool.

Drive from Tampere to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In December, daytime highs in Lieksa are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and take an in-depth tour of Arktikum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip maker website.

Getting from Lieksa to Rovaniemi by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lieksa in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach -6°C and lows reach -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Safaris (in Akaslompolo), Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park). The adventure continues: get all the equipment you need at Levi Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, don't miss a visit to Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, and have fun at Kids' Land.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Levi online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

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."