31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Halosenniemi Museum in Tuusula, approximately Tuusula away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary tool.

Chandigarh, India to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Chandigarh to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chandigarh in December, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

Turku

— 3 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: Rauma (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, The Old Town Hall Museum, &more) and Koylion Kirkkokari (in Koylio). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turku trip maker.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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 Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, enjoy breathtaking views from Saltkaret, then see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum, and finally fly down the slopes at Ojberget.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa route maker.

Traveling by car from Turku to Vaasa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 12th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, go for a walk through Otsamo Fell, and then experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Inari trip planning app.

You can fly from Vaasa to Inari in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Vaasa in December, plan for slightly colder days in Inari, with highs around -7°C, while nights are colder with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

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 14th (Tue): explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and finally relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi.

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Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or 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 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 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.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

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Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:

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: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, stroll through Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, Koli National Park is a bit warmer at night with lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:

Kuopio

— 3 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Change things up with a short trip to Riuttala Farmhouse Museum in Karttula (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, and admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kuopio trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

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 Tampere's surroundings by going to Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki) and Hameenlinna (Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone, Ahvenisto, &more). Next up on the itinerary: join in the after-dark buzz at Tea Shop Veistrom, examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tampere trip site.

You can drive from Kuopio to Tampere in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 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."