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 Yyteri Beach. Get in touch with nature at Rauhaniemi Beach and Herrainpaivat 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 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 Outdoors Beaches

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 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 °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 Utra Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Joensuu (Joensuu Church & Taitokortteli). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park road trip tool.

You can drive from Vaasa to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Vaasa in January; daily highs in Koli National Park reach °C and lows reach °C. Wrap up 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, Koli Nature Centre Ukko, Venajanhiekka
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 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 °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors
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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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
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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

Levi Huskypark, Lemmenjoki National Park, Giewont Husky Adventures
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 Galleria Joella. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). 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 °C and °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

Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Bellevue Beach, Ruokapuoti Lumo, 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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Linden Esplanade and Art Gallery Merila. Bring the kids along to Beach Mansikkalahti and Kotka Church. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). 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 get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

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 °C, while lows dip to °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

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Arboretum Mustila, 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 Nuuksio National Park. You'll explore and learn at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Galerie Forsblom. 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 °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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