35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

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35 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 45 min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
5
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h
7
Lieksa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
End: Perth

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, test your problem-solving skills at Labyrinth Games Room Escape, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder website .

Perth, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Perth in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
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 these side-trips from Turku: Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Turku online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Turku sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Bonk Museum, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
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: Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki), Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna) and Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, take some stellar pictures from Padasjoen Tuomastornit, and get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kallenaution Kievari, Ahvenisto, Old Church of Keuruu, Vitikkala Manor, Padasjoen Tuomastornit
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Spas

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). There's much more to do: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Levi holiday maker .

You can fly from Tampere to Levi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in January, things will get slightly colder in Levi: highs are around -11°C and lows about -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Safaris, Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Giewont Husky Adventures
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, & more).

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Saariselka vacation builder website .

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Inari
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

4
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library.

To plan Rovaniemi vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Saariselka to Rovaniemi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Pyhatunturi
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Change things up with a short trip to Paalasmaan Surukivi in Juuka (about 56 minutes away). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lieksa journey planning tool .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach -8°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Paalasmaan Surukivi
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Joensuu: Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu) and Koli (Koli Shop Retkitupa & Koli Nature Centre Ukko). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Pielinen, explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and Head underground at Pirunkirkko.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Joensuu sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach -8°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli, Old Mine Mining Museum
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

5
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mikkeli: Room Escape Games (in Kuopio), Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, and stroll through Lempukka Beach.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mikkeli road trip planning tool .

Getting from Joensuu to Mikkeli by car takes about 3 hours. In January in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Puumala, Imatra, Woikosken Automuseo, Olavinlinna Castle, Room Escape Games
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 30:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake

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