36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
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Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Let the collections at Vapriikin Museokeskus and The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas capture your imagination. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Oravivuori Triangulation Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi), Serlachius Museum Gustaf (in Mantta-Vilppula) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna, get a taste of the local shopping with Laukko Manor, examine the collection at Emil Aaltosen Museo, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary maker.

New York City, USA to Tampere is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Tampere. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Tampere to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°F and 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Junnelius, enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), and finally get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Pori trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Pori are 34°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Nagu Church (in Nagu), Uusikaupunki (Automobile Museum, Bonk Museum, &more) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Pargas Church, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:

Helsinki

— 7 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Hanko (Bellevue Beach & Tulliniemi Nature Path), Hunting Museum of Finland (in Riihimaki) and Guide-Matti (in Tammisaari). Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Nuuksio National Park. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka, admire the striking features of Johannes Church, explore the world behind art at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, and examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 20:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland, then hit the slopes at Ruka, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pentik Hill, and finally get a taste of life in the country at Kujala Reindeer Farm. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Wanha Raatesalmi, and then see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo attractions planning app.

You can fly from Helsinki to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Kuusamo at 23°F and lows at 11°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Inari Reindeer Farm. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gold Prospector Museum and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, get a taste of life in the country at Saariselka Reindeer Farm, and stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Saariselka day trip website.

Drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect slightly colder evenings in Saariselka when traveling from Kuusamo in December, with lows around 6°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Taatsin seita and Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Levi Ski Resort and Samiland. Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila), Yllasjarvi (Safartica Yllas & Jemes Sport) and Sarestoniemi Museum (in Kaukonen). There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi, find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark, and bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between 22°F during the day and 8°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Rovaniemi

— 6 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visit Kemi Church and Rovaniemi Church for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda (in Tornio), Church of Sodankyla (in Sodankyla) and Kukkolankoski (in Kukkola). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 22°F and lows of 11°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."