35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Verona
Train + Bus:  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
Drive:  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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate Helsinki Cathedral and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, take a stroll through Katajanokka, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kallahdenniemi Beach.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki day trip website.

Verona, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Verona to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Linden Esplanade and Main Building of Military School. Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and Stromforsin Ruukki will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), St Michael Church (in Pernaja) and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill (in Kouvola). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aijanniemi Beach, wander the streets of Hamina Old Town, and admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kotka trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hamina, Stromforsin Ruukki, Salpa Line Museum, St Michael Church, Woikosken Automuseo
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
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Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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.
Olavinlinna Castle and Wolkoff House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Kerimaki Church and Ruokolahden Kirkko are in your itinerary. Explore Imatra's surroundings by going to Pikkukirkko (in Savonlinna), Lappeenranta (Nuijamaa Church & Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God) and Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum (in Punkaharju). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Imatra online day trip planner.

Drive from Kotka to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Imatra

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Savonlinna, Ruokolahden Kirkko, Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
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 St. George Church and Heinaveden kirkko. Joensuu Church and New Valamo Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Joensuu: Koli National Park (Ukko-Koli & Rasavaara Observation tower), Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli) and Pielisen Museum (in Lieksa). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Utra Beach, make a trip to Rapio Mill, and kick back and relax at Honkaniemi Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Joensuu trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Joensuu takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Joensuu are -8°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. 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, Rapio Mill, Koli Shop Retkitupa, St. George Church
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere 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.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari online trip maker.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Inari

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

3
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Ounasjoki - River for activities and Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Akaslompolo's surroundings by going to Levi (Icekarting Levi, Kids' Land, &more).

Planning Akaslompolo trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Inari to Akaslompolo by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get a sense of the local culture at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction (in Salla). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online attractions planner.

Getting from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Naantali Old Town and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma). There's much more to do: stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, and step off the mainland to explore Uto.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Turku online trip planner.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In February, Turku is somewhat warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Naantali Old Town, The Church of the Holy Cross
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Uto ©
Uto

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visit Old Church of Keuruu and Holy Cross Church for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola), Pori (Yyteri Beach & Herrainpaivat Beach) and Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, tee off at Linna Golf & Country Club, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Parola, Pori, Hameenlinna, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Vitikkala Manor
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach