38 days in Finland Itinerary

38 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Train
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Vaasa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Rauhaniemi Beach and Herrainpaivat Beach. Get in touch with nature at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Yyteri Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti), Pori Art Museum (in Pori) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Keittioelamaa, view the masterpieces at Haihara Art Centre, examine the collection at Lenin Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tampere vacation planner.

Glasgow, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Glasgow to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Glasgow in December: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 0°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Vaasa

— 3 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Tikanoja Art Museum and Terranova will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Hietasaaren uimaranta will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Vaasa to Kauhava to see Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Stundars Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa visit planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:

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.
Relax by the water at Venajanhiekka and Honkaniemi Beach. Get in touch with nature at Ukko-Koli and Neitikoski Rapids. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Joensuu (Utra Beach, Joensuu Church, &more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Drive from Vaasa to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Vaasa in January, expect Koli National Park to be slightly colder, temps between -9°C and -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will enjoy Safaris and Arktikum. Get a sense of the local culture at Rovaniemi Church and Pilke Science Centre. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and buy something for everyone on your list at Arctic Circle Mall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Akaslompolo

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort, and then don't miss a visit to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Akaslompolo tour planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Akaslompolo, with lows around -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

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.
Family-friendly places like Elan Ski Shop & Rental and Nature & Wildlife Tours will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Levi Ski Resort and Lemmenjoki National Park. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Kids' Land, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, and get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark.

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

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kauppakeskus Mylly and Galleria Joella. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Turun Taidehalli. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Teijo National Park (in Pernio), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). There's lots more to do: soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, examine the collection at Automobile Museum, and stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo.

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

You can fly from Levi to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Levi in January, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

Kotka

— 3 nights
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Linden Esplanade and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Bring the kids along to Beach Mansikkalahti and Kotka Church. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa), Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Aijanniemi Beach, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Merila.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kotka trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Turku in January: highs in Kotka hover around -6°C, while lows dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Aurinkolahti Beach and Nuuksio National Park. You'll explore and learn at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo (in Jarvenpaa). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, stroll around The Esplanadi Park, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki visit planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 31:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."