31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mustasaari
— 2 nights
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Drive to Vaasa Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Inari
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Inari
— 3 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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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: ArtBank (in Pargas) and Rauma (Rauma Art Museum, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary builder website.

Berlin, Germany to Turku is an approximately 22.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Turku. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Museo Militaria). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip builder tool.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

Mustasaari

— 2 nights
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): hike along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, then take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Saltkaret.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Mustasaari online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Tampere to Mustasaari by car takes about 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inari: Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Saariselka Reindeer Farm (in Saariselka). 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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Inari tour planning website.

Explore your travel options from Mustasaari to Inari with the Route module. In December, Inari is a bit cooler than Mustasaari - with highs of -7°C and lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On your second day here, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, then bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and finally get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

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.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately Ranua away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, see Santa Claus Office, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nurminiemen ratsutila/riding stables, then surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, identify plant and animal life at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pentik Hill.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip builder app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Kuusamo are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koli National Park: Joensuu (Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, &more). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, indulge in some personalized pampering at Koli Relax Spa, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kuusamo in December since evenings lows in Koli National Park dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

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, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki with the Route module. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Koli National Park in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."