38 days in Finland Itinerary

38 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Tampere
— 5 nights
2
Vaasa
— 3 nights
3
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
6
Levi
— 4 nights
7
Turku
— 5 nights
8
Kotka
— 3 nights
9
Helsinki
— 7 nights

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
We've included these beaches for you: Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Herrainpaivat Beach. Get in touch with nature at Rauhaniemi Beach and Yyteri Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti), Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari) and Pori Art Museum (in Pori). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Keittioelamaa, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Ronga, examine the collection at Lenin Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Haihara Art Centre.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planning app.

Glasgow, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Glasgow in December, things will get little chillier in Tampere: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pori, Laukko Manor, Ahtari Zoo
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Tikanoja Art Museum and Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum 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 °C in December, and nighttime lows around °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

Side Trips

Stundars Museum, Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala ©
Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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 °C and °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

Side Trips

Joensuu, Venajanhiekka, Koli Nature Centre Ukko
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kids will enjoy Safaris and LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier. Get a sense of the local culture at Arktikum and Pilke Science Centre. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi attractions 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, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Tours
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
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 °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 Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Elan Ski Shop & Rental and Lemmenjoki National Park will thrill your kids. Step out of the city life by going to Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, 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 °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Giewont Husky Adventures, Levi Huskypark, Lemmenjoki National Park
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 Turun Kauppahalli. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Galleria Joella. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Teijo National Park (in Pernio), Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, examine the collection at Automobile Museum, and view the masterpieces at Photographic Centre Peri.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Levi to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Levi in January; daily highs in Turku reach °C and lows reach °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

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Automobile Museum, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach, Kauppakeskus Mylly
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park

3
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Linden Esplanade and Art Gallery Merila. Bring the kids along to Beach Mansikkalahti and Aijanniemi Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, stroll around Riverside Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Turku in January, plan for little chillier days in Kotka, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Stromforsin Ruukki
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. You'll explore and learn at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo (in Jarvenpaa). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, walk around The Esplanadi Park, and shop like a local with Galerie Forsblom.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip app.

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 °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 31:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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