36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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36 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Vaasa
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
6
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
8
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
9
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Manila, Luzon

3
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.
Pack the 5th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning website .

Manila, Philippines to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Philippines Time (PHT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 6 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Manila in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Mielakka Ski Center (in Kouvola) and Bunker Museum (in Virolahti). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kotka day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, Kotka is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hamina, Mielakka Ski Center, Salpa Line Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Bunker Museum
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Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Korpo Church (in Korpo), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Automobile Museum (in Uusikaupunki). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Sibeliusmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, and learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Turku itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Korpo Church, Automobile Museum, Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach

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: Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki), Haemeenlinna (Ahvenisto Activity Park & Birthplace of Jean Sibelius) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's lots more to do: have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, get your game on at Irti Maasta Tampere, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere attractions planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Visavuori, Padasjoen Tuomastornit
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaasa: Mustasaari (Saltkaret & Aava Kertun Kotitila), Salgrund Pilot Station (in Kaskinen) and Kristiinankaupunki (Ulrika Eleonora Church & Carlsro Museum). Spend a day of island exploring on the 18th (Tue) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa journey planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Kristiinankaupunki, Stundars Museum, Salgrund Pilot Station
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Kuopio side-trips: Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula), Varkaus Water Tower Terrace (in Varkaus) and Leppavirta Church (in Leppavirta). And it doesn't end there: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, and take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor.

Plan my day in Kuopio using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Kuopio takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Vaasa in December; daily highs in Kuopio reach -3°C and lows reach -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Museums Nature

Side Trips

Varkaus Water Tower Terrace, Leppavirta Church, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
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Room Escape Games
Varkaus Water Tower Terrace ©
Varkaus Water Tower Terrace

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Explore Koli National Park's surroundings by going to Joensuu (Joensuu Church & Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko).

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Koli, Joensuu
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 29th (Sat), stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Akaslompolo online itinerary maker .

Drive from Koli National Park to Akaslompolo in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Koli National Park in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Akaslompolo, with lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

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.
When in Levi, make a side trip to see Snow Village in Kittila, approximately 46 minutes away. On the 31st (Mon), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and deepen your understanding at Kid's Land.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Levi online road trip planner .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -6°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trip

Kittila
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Change things up with a short trip to Tatuka Palvelut in Ylitornio (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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