33 days in Finland Itinerary

33 days in Finland Itinerary

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33 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Vaasa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
6
Inari
— 1 night
7
Levi
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo and Galleria Lapinlahti. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online vacation planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in December, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Galleria Joella. Head to Kauppakeskus Mylly and Photographic Centre Perifor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Teijo national park (in Pernio), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Turku itinerary planning app .

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 29th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kauppakeskus Mylly, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Teijo National Park, Bellevue Beach
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Take a break from the city and head to Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Yyteri Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Pori Art Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti) and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, stop by Tammelantori, take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Let the collections at Tikanoja Art Museum and Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Stundars Museum and Mustasaaren kirkko. Step out of Vaasa with an excursion to Kyr0 Distillery Company in Isokyro--about 38 minutes away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 3rd (Thu) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kyr0 Distillery Company, Stundars Museum
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Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
You'll explore and learn at Pielisen Museum and Koli Nature Centre Ukko. Get in touch with nature at Venajanhiekka and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Joensuu (Joensuu Church & Taitokortteli).

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Vaasa in January: high temperatures in Koli National Park hover around -9°C and lows are around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Joensuu, Koli Nature Centre Ukko, Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then examine the collection at Siida, and then don't miss a visit to The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari road trip site .

Getting from Koli National Park to Inari by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Inari when traveling from Koli National Park in January, with lows around -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can 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

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.
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. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Levi road trip app .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then meet the residents at Konijanka Petting Zoo, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo day trip planning app .

You can drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

4
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Head to LAURI and Arctic Circle Mallfor plenty of shopping. Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and see Santa Claus Office.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi journey planning website .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles