31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online journey planner.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is cooler than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and then take in the pleasant sights at Otsamo Fell. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Helsinki, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Inari, ranging from highs of -7°C to lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): gear up at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Levi journey site.

Drive from Inari to Levi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or 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 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Trails · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 10:

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.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ranua and see Ranua Zoo, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Kuopio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Kuopion Automuseo, then examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, and finally get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kuopio day trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuopio by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kuopio, with lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

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.
When in Koli National Park, make a side trip to see Paalasmaan Surukivi in Juuka, approximately Juuka away. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park travel planner.

Drive from Kuopio to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In December in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

Vaasa

— 3 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Vaasa side-trips: Saltkaret (in Mustasaari) and Isonkyron Vanha Kirkko (in Isokyro). Spend the 23rd (Thu) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Ojberget, examine the collection at Terranova, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa tour builder app.

Drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Koli National Park in December; daily highs in Vaasa reach 1°C and lows reach -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

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: The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone). And it doesn't end there: stop by Tea Shop Veistrom, examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Tampere route planner.

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Rauma (Marela Museum House, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, don't miss a visit to Abo Akademi, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip site.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 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."