32 days in Finland Itinerary

32 days in Finland Itinerary

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32 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+2
ferry + foot + Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Vaasa
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
5
Inari
— 1 night
6
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  27​h
End: Boracay

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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Jarvenpaa to see Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, shop like a local with ARTag Gallery, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki itinerary planning site .

Boracay, Philippines to Helsinki is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. You can also do a combination of ferry, bus, and flight; or do a combination of ferry, bus, taxi, and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Boracay to Helsinki. Traveling from Boracay in December, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

5
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 Turku Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Head to Kauppakeskus Mylly and Ruokapuoti Lumofor plenty of shopping. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Teijo national park (in Pernio), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Automobile Museum, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and view the masterpieces at Photographic Centre Peri.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Turku online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Automobile Museum, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach, Ruokapuoti Lumo
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Pori Art Museum. Get outdoors at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Yyteri Beach (in Pori), Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, and look for gifts at Keittioelamaa.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Pori, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Laukko Manor, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Appreciate the collections at Tikanoja Art Museum and Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia. Do some cultural sightseeing at Neristan (Old Wooden Town) and Stundars Museum. Go for a jaunt from Vaasa to Kauhava to see Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala about 1h 20 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 7th (Mon) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa holiday planning site .

You can take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Vaasa sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kokkola, Stundars Museum, Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala
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Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)

1
night
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 11th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then get into the urban bustle at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Vaasa to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Vaasa in January, expect Inari to be a bit cooler, temps between -11°C and -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Elan Ski Shop & Rental. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ounasjoki - River for activities and Samiland. Step out of Levi to go to Muonio and see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Levi online holiday maker .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Giewont Husky Adventures, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
For shopping fun, head to LAURI or Arctic Circle Mall. Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, experience rural life at Poro Farmi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

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