39 days in Finland Itinerary

39 days in Finland Itinerary

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39 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bhubaneswar
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Mikkeli
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Levi
— 3 nights
9
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
10
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Bhubaneswar

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Venture out of the city with trips to Uusikaupunki (Isokari Lighthouse & Bonk Museum) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary planner.

Bhubaneswar, India to Turku is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Bhubaneswar in December, expect Turku to be much colder, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Uusikaupunki, Vaski Adventure Island, Louhisaari Manor
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Isokari Lighthouse ©
Isokari Lighthouse

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Holy Cross Church (in Parola), Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto, Palander House, & more) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Juselius Mausoleum, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere day trip website .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Pori, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Villa Mairea, Holy Cross Church
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

4
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jyvaskyla: Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa), Oravivuori Triangulation Tower (in Korpilahti) and Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula). There's still lots to do: enjoy some friendly competition at Liikelataamo, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Jyvaskyla, get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Petajavesi Old Church.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla trip maker site .

Take a train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Petajavesi, Vitikkala Manor, Killinkoski Wanha Tehdas, Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:
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Liikelataamo ©
Liikelataamo
Room Escape Games

3
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore Mikkeli's surroundings by going to Puumala (Viewing Platform in Puumala, Puumalan Lake, & more), Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Church, see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, take a stroll around Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Puumala, Repovesi National Park, St. George Church, Olavinlinna Castle
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuopio: Varkaus Water Tower Terrace (in Varkaus), Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi) and Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor, have fun at Vainolanniemi, and see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Mikkeli to Kuopio in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Kuopio are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Varkaus Water Tower Terrace, Southern Konnevesi National park
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Room Escape Games
Varkaus Water Tower Terrace ©
Varkaus Water Tower Terrace

4
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Explore Lieksa's surroundings by going to Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka) and Koli (Koli Shop Retkitupa & Koli Nature Centre Ukko). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, take in the pleasant sights at Rylays Hill, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lieksa sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Lieksa takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli, Paalasmaan Surukivi
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

4
nights
Rovaniemi

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 Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi, about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Lieksa to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lieksa in December: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around -6°C and lows are around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Photography Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Snow Village (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). There's lots more to do: glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, have some family-friendly fun at Kids' Land, and hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip builder app .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun at Action Park and then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, make a trip to Senate Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in January: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around -3°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Vantaa Art Museum, Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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