36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
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Kotka
— 3 nights
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
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Vaasa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker tool.

Manila, Philippines to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Manila in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Mielakka Ski Center (in Kouvola), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Bunker Museum (in Virolahti). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, examine the collection at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, make a trip to St. John's Church, and admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kotka tour planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Helsinki in December, expect Kotka to be a bit cooler, temps between -1°C and -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Korpo Church (in Korpo) and Automobile Museum (in Uusikaupunki). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, get your bearings at Turku City Library, and let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

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: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Birthplace of Jean Sibelius). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, have some family-friendly fun at PortaaliVR, tour or see a game at Irti Maasta Tampere, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

Vaasa

— 4 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Salgrund Pilot Station (in Kaskinen), Mustasaari (Saltkaret & Aava Kertun Kotitila) and Kristiinankaupunki (Ulrika Eleonora Church & Carlsro Museum). Spend the 18th (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, see the interesting displays at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, and don't miss a visit to Kaupungintalo - City Hall.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip planner.

Getting from Tampere to Vaasa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 21:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Explore Kuopio's surroundings by going to Varkaus Water Tower Terrace (in Varkaus), Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula) and Leppavirta Church (in Leppavirta). The adventure continues: have fun at Vainolanniemi, contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, and see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Kuopio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Vaasa in December: high temperatures in Kuopio hover around -3°C and lows are around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koli National Park: Joensuu (Joensuu Church & Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, explore the activities along Pielinen, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip website.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. December in Koli National Park sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Akaslompolo trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Akaslompolo in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -15°C in Akaslompolo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

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.
Step out of Levi to go to Kittila and see Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 31st (Mon) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Kids' Land, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

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You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

Rovaniemi

— 3 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 Ylitornio and see Tatuka Reindeerfarm, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:

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."