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
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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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, step into the grandiose world of 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

Museums · Historic Sites · 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). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Turku itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

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): look for all kinds of wild species at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, get great views at 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 · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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 · Parks · Outdoors · 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. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, make a trip to Paateri, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park day trip site.

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, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Koli National Park, with lows of -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car 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). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio tour itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. In December in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

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: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, test the waters at Tullin Sauna, and stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

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 · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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."