38 days in Finland Itinerary

38 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Inari
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Inari
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, test your team's savvy at Labyrinth Games Room Escape, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki tour itinerary maker.

Istanbul, Turkey to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Istanbul to Helsinki, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Istanbul in February: highs in Helsinki hover around 0°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 7:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Rauma (Marela Museum House, Ruokapuoti Lumo, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, and get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. February in Turku sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 7 — 12:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Palander House), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola). Next up on the itinerary: get your game on at Irti Maasta Tampere, examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and don't miss a visit to Haralanharju Tower.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip maker.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Tampere, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 17:

Mikkeli

— 4 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Mikkeli: Imatra (Lempukka Beach & Church of St. Nicholas), Puumala (Lietvesi Scenic Road & Lake Saimaa) and Savonlinna (Savonlinna Provincial Museum, Olavinlinna Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Pursialan hiidenkirnu, and get outside with Anjan Puisto.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mikkeli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Mikkeli takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, get great views at Rylays Hill, and hike along Ukko-Koli Hill.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Koli National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Koli National Park takes 3.5 hours. February in Koli National Park sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 21 — 25:

Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inari: Saariselka (Urho Kekkonen National Park & Hippupuoti Gift Shop). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Juutua Nature Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Inari with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Inari when traveling from Koli National Park in February, with lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 25 — 28:

Levi

— 4 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila), Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). Next up on the itinerary: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Levi trip website.

Traveling by car from Inari to Levi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 4:

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.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Ski Resort Ritavalkea in Pello, about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and get your bearings at Rovaniemi City Library.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip builder.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 10:

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."