31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 4 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Kotka

— 2 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, stroll around Isopuisto Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): hike along Santalahti Nature Trail and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

Before you visit Kotka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Bengaluru, India to Kotka is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. In December, Kotka is cooler than Bengaluru - with highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 4th (Sat), trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and then find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 5:

Tampere

— 4 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: Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Museo Militaria) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). There's lots more to do: join in the after-dark buzz at Tea Shop Veistrom, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, test the waters at Tullin Sauna, and see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tampere route maker tool.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

Mustasaari

— 2 nights
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: get a taste of life in the country at Aava Kertun Kotitila and then enjoy breathtaking views from Saltkaret.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mustasaari trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Mustasaari in 4 hours. In December in Mustasaari, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Koli National Park

— 4 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen.

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

You can drive from Mustasaari to Koli National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mustasaari in December; daily highs in Koli National Park reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

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 a short trip to Ranua Zoo in Ranua (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 20th (Mon), hit the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures and then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi trip site.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

Inari

— 4 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inari: Urho Kekkonen National Park (in Saariselka) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari road trip website.

Drive from Levi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Inari can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Helsinki

— 6 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in December, expect nights in Helsinki to be warmer, around -3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:

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."