37 days in Finland Itinerary

37 days in Finland Itinerary

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37 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
6
Levi
— 2 nights
bus:  15​min
7
Kittila
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
9
Inari
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
12
Vantaa
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
13
Porvoo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
14
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Chandigarh

4
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Kansallisgalleria. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), wander the streets of Katajanokka, and steep yourself in history at The Aalto House.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

Chandigarh, India to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Chandigarh to Helsinki, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In January in Helsinki, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Room Escape Games
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Turku City Library. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum (in Rauma) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). And it doesn't end there: gain insight at Turku Cathedral, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and enjoy some diversion at Flowpark.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: 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 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria, learn about all things military at Parola Tank Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and finally see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, examine the collection at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, then walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Museo Militaria, Parola Tank Museum, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo)
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Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas ©
The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Old Mine Mining Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of New Valamo Monastery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Heinaveden kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Leppavirta Church. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor, don't miss a visit to Satamankulma, see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kuopio day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Kuopio takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach -8°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Heinavesi, Old Mine Mining Museum, Leppavirta Church, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, then hit the slopes at Ruka, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kuusamo driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Kuopio in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -19°C in Kuusamo. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, then have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. On the next day, have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and then view the masterpieces at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Kuusamo to Levi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Kittila.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery

3
nights
Kittila

Kittila ©
Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Snow Village and Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kittila: Sodankyla (Church of Sodankyla & Museum - Gallery Alariesto). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, delve into the distant past at Taatsin seita, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and see the interesting displays at Sarestoniemi Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kittila day trip planner.

Kittila is just a short distance from Levi. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -22°C. You'll set off for Akaslompolo on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Kittila

Museums Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Sodankyla
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Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Taatsin seita ©
Taatsin seita

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 22nd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, get outside with Seven Fells Up, and then stroll through Yllas Ski Resort. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then get to know the resident critters at Konijanka Petting Zoo, and then look for gifts at Jemes Sport.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip builder .

You can drive from Kittila to Akaslompolo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, Jemes Sport
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 24th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, get advice or help at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and finally examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of life in the country at Angeli Reindeer Farm, then experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Inari trip planner .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January in Inari, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Action Park, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and finally see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Saariselka trip builder app .

You can drive from Inari to Saariselka in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): get lost in a book at Rovaniemi City Library, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Lordi's Square, don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Saariselka to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -10°C during the day and -17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Vantaa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

4
nights
Vantaa

Vantaa ©
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Heureka and Radio and TV Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vantaa: Lahti ( Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo & Musical Fountain) and Riihimaki Art Museum (in Riihimaki). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Finnish Aviation Museum, explore the world behind art at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jarvenpaan moskeija, and admire the striking features of Pyhan Laurin kirkko.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vantaa trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Vantaa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Vantaa: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Porvoo.

Things to do in Vantaa

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lahti, Jarvenpaa, Riihimaki Art Museum
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Vantaa Art Museum ©
Vantaa Art Museum
Heureka ©
Heureka
Finnish Aviation Museum ©
Finnish Aviation Museum

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Explore hidden gems such as Porvoo Old Town and Loviisan kirkko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porvoo: Apulandia (in Lahti), Hiidenkirnut (in Askola) and St Michael Church (in Pernaja). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo, hit the slopes at Kokonniemi, make a trip to Orthodox Church Porvoo, and walk around Runeberg Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Porvoo itinerary planner.

You can drive from Vantaa to Porvoo in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. February in Porvoo sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

St Michael Church, Apulandia, Hiidenkirnut, Loviisan kirkko
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
The Runeberg Home ©
The Runeberg Home
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

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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. On the 5th (Wed), hit the slopes at Mielakka Ski Center and then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Kotka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in February, and nighttime lows around -7°C. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Mielakka Ski Center, Salpa Line Museum
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

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