31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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31 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Levi
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
2
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

1
night
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 2nd (Mon), glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: glide through natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Levi trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Melbourne, Australia to Levi is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Eastern European Time is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect Levi to be much colder, temps between -6°C and -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Trails Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, explore and take pictures at Tuula's Reindeer, and then see the interesting displays at Siida. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll around The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then explore and take pictures at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

For where to stay and more tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Levi to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Inari are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos ©
The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jalavan Kauppa and Kiutakongas Rapids. Escape the urban bustle at Hossa National Park and Riisitunturi National Park. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip planner.

You can fly from Inari to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Jalavan Kauppa, Hossa National Park, Riisitunturi National Park
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Hossa National Park ©
Hossa National Park

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Raahe Museum and Kierikki Stone Age Centre. Shop till you drop at Kauppahalli and Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus. Go for a jaunt from Oulu to Hailuoto to see Luovon Puoji about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oulu vacation maker app .

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Oulu takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Oulu when traveling from Kuusamo in December, with lows around -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Raahe Museum, Haukipudas Church, Luovon Puoji, Kierikki Stone Age Centre
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Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Riuttala Farmhouse Museum and RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland. Appreciate the collections at Old Mine Mining Museum and Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo. Venture out of the city with trips to Heinavesi (Heinaveden kirkko & New Valamo Monastery) and Leppavirta Church (in Leppavirta). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kuopio trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Oulu to Kuopio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Kuopio sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Heinavesi, Old Mine Mining Museum, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Leppavirta Church
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
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Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Heinaveden kirkko ©
Heinaveden kirkko

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kolovesi National Park, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore and learn at Laukko Manor and The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo). Get outdoors at Ahtari Zoo and Rauhaniemi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Pori (Yyteri Beach & Pori Art Museum). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Milavida Museo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere route planning site .

Getting from Savonlinna to Tampere by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pori, Ahtari Zoo, Laukko Manor, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Ruokapuoti Lumo, & more) and Korpo Church (in Korpo). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Turku road trip planner .

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 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Korpo Church, Bellevue Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

6
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.
Head to Hakaniemi Market and Galerie Anhavafor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Nuuksio National Park and Beach Mansikkalahti. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Castle Hill (in Porvoo) and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum (in Kotka). There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Castle Hill, Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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