32 days in Finland Itinerary

32 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
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Turku
— 5 nights
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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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Jeddah in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 14 — 19:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Juutua Nature Trail & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. There's more to do: trek along Ruijanpolku Trail and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Saariselka sightseeing planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in November, with highs in Saariselka at -3°C and lows at -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 22:

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.
Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Sarestoniemi Museum in Kaukonen, about 52 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Levi holiday planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

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Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:

Koli National Park

— 4 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Rovaniemi in November, expect Koli National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 1°C and -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 3:

Kuopio

— 3 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Step out of Kuopio to go to Karttula and see Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral and examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kuopio journey builder site.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kuopio are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki) and Hameenlinna (Museo Militaria & Ahvenisto). There's lots more to do: get a taste of local nightlife at Tea Shop Veistrom, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and test the waters at Tullin Sauna.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Kuopio to Tampere in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of 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 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Nightlife · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo & Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum) and VMB Fishing (in Salo). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, gear up at Bike Rental - by Carfield, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

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."