31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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Drive to Brisbane International Airport, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly to Brisbane International Airport, Drive to Toowoomba

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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get some cultural insight at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. There's lots more to do: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online tour planner.

Toowoomba, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 30-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toowoomba to Rovaniemi is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Toowoomba in January, expect Rovaniemi to be much colder, temps between -10°C and -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get in touch with nature at Elan Ski Shop & Rental and Levi Ski Resort. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Ounasjoki - River for activities. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Levi day trip planning website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rovaniemi in January since evenings lows in Levi dip to -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On your second day here, stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo road trip app.

You can drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 9:

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Get in touch with nature at Venajanhiekka and Ukko-Koli. Visit Utra Beach and Honkaniemi Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Joensuu (Joensuu Church & Taitokortteli). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and go for a walk through Rylays Hill.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip builder app.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Koli National Park in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Koli National Park, with lows around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Tikanoja Art Museum and Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum. Visiting Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Hietasaaren uimaranta will get you outdoors. Take a break from Vaasa with a short trip to Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala in Kauhava, about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and see the interesting displays at Terranova.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Vaasa online itinerary maker.

Getting from Koli National Park to Vaasa by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Koli National Park in January; daily highs in Vaasa reach -3°C and lows reach -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Laukko Manor and Galleria Ronga will appeal to museum buffs. Relax by the water at Rauhaniemi Beach and Yyteri Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Pori (Pori Art Museum & Herrainpaivat Beach) and Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Keittioelamaa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere online holiday planner.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Tampere are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 20:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Relax by the water at Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Step out of the city life by going to Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Teijo National Park. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo in Salo--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, shop like a local with Turun Taidehalli, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, and explore the galleries of Turku Castle.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Turku are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:

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.
Head to Kamppi Shopping Centre and Market Square Kauppatorifor plenty of shopping. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo (in Jarvenpaa). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, shop like a local with Galleria Lapinlahti, and stop by Katajanokka.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:

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."