31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 12 nights
2
Turku
— 4 nights
3
Tampere
— 5 nights
4
Lahti
— Few hours
5
Imatra
— 1 night
6
Rantasalmi
— 1 night
7
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
8
Kuusamo
— 1 night
9
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

12
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Helsinki Cathedral and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and stop by Digelius Music.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki journey tool.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Helsinki reach 5°C and lows reach 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 12:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and The Church of the Holy Cross will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and The Archipelago Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Old Rauma (in Rauma). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Turku travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Kuusisto Manor, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Kurjenrahka National Park
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Holy Cross Church and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Get some cultural insight at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Hame Castle. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, admire the masterpieces at Maltinranta Artcenter, browse the range of quality goods at City Sokos, and stroll through Suolijarvi Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip tool.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, Hame Castle
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

few
hours
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 21st (Fri), admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain and then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall.

For where to stay and other tourist information, use the Lahti travel route builder app.

Drive from Tampere to Lahti in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Lahti

Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Musical Fountain
Musical Fountain

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 22nd (Sat), admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and then look for gifts at Rajamarket.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Imatra journey planner.

You can take a train from Lahti to Imatra in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Imatra are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Rajamarket ©
Rajamarket

1
night
Rantasalmi

Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rantasalmi trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Rantasalmi takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rantasalmi can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Nature · Parks
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, then examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and then hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planner.

Drive from Rantasalmi to Koli National Park in 3 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Rantasalmi in December; daily highs in Koli National Park reach -3°C and lows reach -9°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre, Koli Nature Centre Ukko
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Pielinen ©
Pielinen

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip app.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in December, Kuusamo is a bit cooler at night with lows of -13°C. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Shopping
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Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

Plan a Rovaniemi trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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