36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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36 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Vaasa
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
4
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Hamina
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Turku
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Tampere
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
End: Vaasa

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Step off the beaten path and head to Siida and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Saariselka (Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, & more).

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Inari road trip site .

Vaasa to Inari is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Vaasa in December, plan for slightly colder days in Inari, with highs around -7°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Levi Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Snow Village about 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and get a taste of the local shopping with Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Levi road trip app .

Do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Levi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kittila
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

4
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ylitornio to see Tatuka Palvelut about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and admire all the interesting features of Lappi Areena.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip website .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, Rovaniemi is somewhat warmer at night with lows of -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruka and Jalavan Kauppa. Get out of town with these interesting Kuusamo side-trips: Hossa National Park (in Suomussalmi) and Pentik Hill (in Posio). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Jalavan Kauppa, Hossa National Park, Pentik Hill
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Hossa National Park ©
Hossa National Park
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

4
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ukko-Koli and Puijo Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuopio: Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula), Paateri (in Lieksa) and Koli (Koli Shop Retkitupa & Koli Nature Centre Ukko). There's much more to do: enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kuopio trip planning website .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Kuopio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kuopio, with lows around -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Paateri
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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Koli Nature Centre Ukko ©
Koli Nature Centre Ukko
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. January in Savonlinna sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kolovesi National Park, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:
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Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

1
night
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hamina tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Hamina in 3 hours. January in Hamina sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Hamina

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Bunker Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 16:
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Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
Main Building of Military School ©
Main Building of Military School

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Room Escape Games and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Pack the 20th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning site .

Getting from Hamina to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Castle and Bengtskar Lighthouse. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo), Hanko (Pike's Gut, Hanko Water Tower, & more) and Uusikaupunki (Automobile Museum & Bonk Museum). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, and have fun at Adventure Park.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Turku online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Hanko, Uusikaupunki, Bengtskar Lighthouse, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Tampere Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Ahvenisto Activity Park (in Haemeenlinna), Juselius Mausoleum (in Pori) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tampere holiday planner .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Fun & Games Museums Parks

Side Trips

Ahvenisto, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Juselius Mausoleum
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:
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Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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