35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

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35 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Verona
+3
Train + Bus + Foot + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Imatra
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Joensuu
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Turku
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
9
Tampere
— 5 nights
+4
Train + Fly + Foot + Bus + Train:  9​h
End: Verona

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Visit Helsinki Cathedral and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum for their historical value. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aurinkolahti Beach, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online journey planner .

Verona, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Verona to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. January in Helsinki sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Inkoon kirkko
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 19:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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. Popular historic sites such as Stromforsin ruukki and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Linden Esplanade and Hamina Old Town. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to St Michael Church (in Pernaja), Ankkapurha Culture Park (in Anjala) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aijanniemi Beach, deepen your knowledge of military history at Main Building of Military School, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Mansikkalahti, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Kotka driving holiday site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hamina, Woikosken Automuseo, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, Stromforsin ruukki, St Michael Church
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Ankkapurha Culture Park ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park

3
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Get some historical perspective at Olavinlinna Castle and Pikkukirkko. Church of St. Nicholas and Kerimaki Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Imatra side-trips: Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum (in Punkaharju) and Lappeenranta (Nuijamaa Church, Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, don't miss a visit to Ruokolahden Kirkko, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Imatra trip site .

Drive from Kotka to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Imatra, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Imatra

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Savonlinna, Kerimaki Church, Ruokolahden Kirkko, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

4
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Rapio Mill and St. George Church. Popular historic sites such as New Valamo Monastery and Heinaveden kirkko are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli) and Pielisen Museum (in Lieksa). There's lots more to do: stroll through Utra Beach, don't miss a visit to Joensuu Church, hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, and enjoy the sand and surf at Honkaniemi Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Joensuu trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Imatra to Joensuu in 2.5 hours. January in Joensuu sees daily highs of -8°C and lows of -14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Joensuu

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Heinavesi, St. George Church, Rapio Mill, Koli Shop Retkitupa
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
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New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Heinaveden kirkko ©
Heinaveden kirkko

2
nights
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 31st (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church and then get great views at Otsamo Fell.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Inari road trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Joensuu to Inari. Traveling from Joensuu in January, plan for little chillier nights in Inari, with lows around -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 1:
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Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel ©
Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel

3
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ounasjoki - River for activities and Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Akaslompolo: Levi (Icekarting Levi, Kids' Land, & more).

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Akaslompolo trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Inari to Akaslompolo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Levi, Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 4:
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arktikum and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi to see Pyha-Luosto National Park about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, see Santa Claus Office, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey app .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction, Pyha-Luosto National Park
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Popular historic sites such as Turku Castle and Archangel Michael's church are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Naantali Old Town and Uto. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in February: high temperatures in Turku hover around 0°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, The Church of the Holy Cross
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Old Church of Keuruu. Get some historical perspective at Holy Cross Church and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa), Pori (Yyteri Beach & Herrainpaivat Beach) and Parola Tank Museum (in Parola). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and examine the collection at Emil Aaltosen Museo.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in February, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Parola, Pori, Vitikkala Manor, Old Church of Keuruu
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach