31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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31 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
6
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Joensuu
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Boston

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will appreciate attractions like SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and Snowman World Igloo Hotel. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda in Tornio, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online itinerary planner .

Boston, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Boston to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Boston in December; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 22°F and lows reach 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda
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Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Change things up with a short trip to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park in Muonio (about 58 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Levi Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, and relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°F in December, and nighttime lows around 8°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, then take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret, and then head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta and then fly down the slopes at Ojberget.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip planner .

Fly from Levi to Vaasa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in December; daily highs in Vaasa reach 35°F and lows reach 26°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Saltkaret
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Ojberget ©
Ojberget
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Bring the kids along to Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Ahvenisto. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi (in Forssa) and Yyteri Beach (in Pori). There's much more to do: look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, have some family-friendly fun at Portaali VR, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in December, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Yyteri Beach, Ahvenisto, Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Vaski Adventure Island and Moomin World. There's still lots to do: work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, make a splash at JukuPark Turku, and tour in harmony with nature at Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Turku journey tool .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 34°F during the day and 25°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trip

Naantali
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Get out of town with these interesting Lieksa side-trips: Rautavaara (Venajanhiekka & Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto). The adventure continues: stroll through Ukko-Koli, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and trek along Akka-Koli Hill.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lieksa day trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Turku to Lieksa. In December in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 30°F during the day and 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Rautavaara
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

4
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Kids will enjoy Utra Beach and Honkaniemi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna), Kuopio (Snellman Park, Room Escape Games, & more) and Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum (in Punkaharju). The adventure continues: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Joensuu day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Joensuu takes 2 hours. December in Joensuu sees daily highs of 30°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Kuopio, Olavinlinna Castle, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

5
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Bellevue Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Heureka (in Vantaa). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukion Church.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Helsinki. Traveling from Joensuu in December, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (37°F), and nights are about the same (27°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Espoo, Bellevue Beach, Heureka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park

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