31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  28 h
1
Levi
— 1 night
Fly + Shuttle:  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), fly down the slopes at Levi Ski Resort. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Levi is an approximately 28- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Melbourne in December, with highs in Levi at -6°C and lows at -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Trails Outdoors

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): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Here are some ideas for day two: tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Inari day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Levi to Inari takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Inari can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Historic Sites
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Hossa National Park and Riisitunturi National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jalavan Kauppa and Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Nature Parks Shopping

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kauppahalli and Haukipudas Church. Appreciate the collections at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus and Kierikki Stone Age Centre. Explore Oulu's surroundings by going to Luovon Puoji (in Hailuoto) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, and get your game on at Oulu Climbing Centre.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oulu travel route builder.

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. Traveling from Kuusamo in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -9°C in Oulu. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Luovon Puoji, Raahe Museum, Haukipudas Church, 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Mine Mining Museum and Heinaveden kirkko. Museum-lovers will appreciate Riuttala Farmhouse Museum and RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Kuopio side-trips: New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi) and Leppavirta Church (in Leppavirta). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuopio online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -8°C. 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, Leppavirta Church, Old Mine Mining Museum, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
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), step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip maker site.

You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Savonlinna sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C at night. On the 16th (Mon), you'll travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yyteri Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Head to Laukko Manor and Pori Art Museumfor some retail therapy. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Ahtari to see Ahtari Zoo about 2 hours away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), take an in-depth tour of Milavida Museo, and look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Tampere by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -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, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Laukko Manor
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visit Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna for some beach relaxation. Museum-lovers will appreciate Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Korpo Church (in Korpo) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Ruokapuoti Lumo, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku travel route planner.

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rauma, Korpo Church, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Bellevue Beach
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kansallisgalleria and Mannerheim Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Kotka (Beach Mansikkalahti & Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum), Castle Hill (in Porvoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and view the masterpieces at ARTag Gallery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can 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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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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