38 days in Finland Itinerary

38 days in Finland Itinerary

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38 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Glasgow
+2
bus + Fly + train:  7​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 5 nights
2
Vaasa
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
6
Levi
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h 30​min
End: Glasgow

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Herrainpaivat Beach. Kids will enjoy Rauhaniemi Beach and Yyteri Beach. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti), Pori Art Museum (in Pori) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nasi Park, shop like a local with Galleria Ronga, and admire the masterpieces at Haihara Art Centre.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tampere trip builder tool .

Glasgow, UK to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 2 hours. In December, Tampere is little chillier than Glasgow - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to 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
Lenin Museum ©
Lenin Museum

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Hietasaaren uimaranta. Tikanoja Art Museum and Terranova will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala in Kauhava (about 1h 20 min away).

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa online travel route planner .

Take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Vaasa are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kids will enjoy Venajanhiekka and Utra Beach. Get outdoors at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Joensuu (Honkaniemi Beach, Joensuu Church, & more).

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park journey planner.

Getting from Vaasa to Koli National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Vaasa in January, with highs in Koli National Park at -9°C and lows at -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

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
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Appreciate the collections at Arktikum and Pilke Science Centre. Family-friendly places like Safaris and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, have fun at Santa Claus Office, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): trek along Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and then make a trip to Snow Village.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Akaslompolo road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, Akaslompolo is slightly colder at night with lows of -22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort, Snow Village
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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Levi Huskypark will thrill your kids. Get in touch with nature at Levi Ski Resort and Lemmenjoki National Park. There's still lots to do: stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, don't miss a visit to Ounasjoki - River for activities, enjoy some diversion at Kid's Land, and experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Levi road trip planner .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Levi Huskypark, Lemmenjoki National Park, Giewont Husky Adventures
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 16:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental
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.
Shop till you drop at Kauppakeskus Mylly and Galleria Joella. Museum-lovers will get to explore Turku Castle and Automobile Museum. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Teijo national park (in Pernio). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

Before you visit Turku, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Turku: highs are around -3°C and lows about -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 Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Ruokapuoti Lumo, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Automobile Museum, Teijo National Park
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Beach Mansikkalahti and Aijanniemi Beach. Family-friendly places like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Riverside Park will thrill your kids. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Merila, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, and get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kotka road trip site .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Turku in January: highs in Kotka hover around -6°C, while lows dip to -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Stromforsin ruukki, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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.
Shop till you drop at Market Square Kauppatori and ARTag Gallery. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo (in Jarvenpaa). There's still lots to do: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take a stroll through Katajanokka, stop by Artisaani, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary maker app .

Getting from Kotka to Helsinki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January in Helsinki, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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