34 days in Finland Itinerary

34 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 4 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Kotka

— 3 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. When in Kotka, make a side trip to see Tykkimaen Sauna in Kouvola, approximately Kouvola away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, make a trip to Main Building of Military School, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka trip website.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Kotka is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Islamabad to Kotka due to the time zone difference. In December, Kotka is colder than Islamabad - with highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 5th (Sun), examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral and then get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kuopio tour planner.

You can fly from Kotka to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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 Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

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, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 10:

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.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ranua and see Ranua Zoo, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip builder tool.

Getting from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in December, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Sarestoniemi Museum in Kaukonen (about 52 minutes away). Spend the 15th (Wed) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Levi trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

Inari

— 4 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Step out of Inari with an excursion to Urho Kekkonen National Park in Saariselka--about 1h 45 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, get great views at Otsamo Fell, and wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

Discover how to plan a Inari trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Levi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Hameenlinna (Museo Militaria & Ahvenisto), Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere journey planning site.

Getting from Inari to Tampere by combination of flight and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in December, expect Tampere to be a bit warmer, temps between 0°C and -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Shopping · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo & Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 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 -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 28:

Helsinki

— 6 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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:

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."