33 days in Finland Itinerary

33 days in Finland Itinerary

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33 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Riga
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kouvola
— 3 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Riga

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.
Pack the 11th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder .

Riga, Latvia to Helsinki is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. November in Helsinki sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Savonlinna: Puumala (Lietvesi Scenic Road, Puumala wooden church, & more) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna tour planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Helsinki in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Savonlinna, with highs around 1°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Puumala, Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Lahti (Mukkula DiscGolfPark, Sibelius Hall, & more) and Kotka (Linden Esplanade, Beach Mansikkalahti, & more). Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kouvola trip planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Lahti
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, then see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and finally enjoy some diversion at Action Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Kouvola to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kouvola in November, things will get a bit cooler in Saariselka: highs are around -3°C and lows about -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Fun & Games, #Nature, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Snow Village (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). On the 25th (Sun), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, take in the pleasant sights at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, and make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Levi day trip app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in November, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Winter Sports, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Snow Village
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi sightseeing planning site .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Spend a day of island exploring on the 29th (Thu) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Vaasa by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in November: high temperatures in Vaasa hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Tropiclandia ©
Tropiclandia

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Marela Museum House, then don't miss a visit to Rauma Water Tower, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pori trip planner .

Getting from Vaasa to Pori by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Pori, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trip

Rauma
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Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Hame Castle (in Haemeenlinna). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, pause for some serene contemplation at Aleksanterin Kirkko, and pick up some local products at Laukontori.

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

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Hame Castle, Holy Cross Church
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with a short trip to Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya (about 46 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, take an in-depth tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turku travel planning tool .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Naantali, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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