39 days in Finland Itinerary

39 days in Finland Itinerary

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39 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Nairobi
Fly:  18​h
1
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
4
Saariselka
— 1 night
5
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
10
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Nairobi

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku online journey maker .

Nairobi, Kenya to Turku is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Nairobi in December, things will get much colder in Turku: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Rauma, Moomin World, Kurjenrahka National Park
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
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 Pori (Yyteri Beach & Juselius Mausoleum) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nasi Park, look for gifts at Alko, and kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere road trip tool .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Childrens Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pori, Holy Cross Church
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Step out of Vaasa to go to Karijoki and see Wolf Cave, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 1st (Tue) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To plan Vaasa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Vaasa sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Wolf Cave, Stundars Museum
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum

1
night
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, then stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally have fun at Action Park. Keep things going the next day: gear up at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

Find out how to plan Saariselka trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Vaasa to Saariselka by combination of flight and bus takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Vaasa in January, things will get slightly colder in Saariselka: highs are around -11°C and lows about -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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 Levi's surroundings by going to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Snow Village (in Kittila). On the 9th (Wed), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and take in the pleasant sights at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Levi trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Snow Village
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, see Santa Claus Office, and engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio) and Syote National Park (in Syote). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Ruka and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo road trip planner .

Take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Syote National Park, Riisitunturi National Park
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara) and Kuopio (Puijo Tower, Snellman Park, & more). Spend the 17th (Thu) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Koli National Park, with lows around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kuopio, Venajanhiekka
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Savonlinna: Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi), Kolovesi National Park (in Enonkoski) and Imatra Waterfall (in Imatra). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle and pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Joutsenon kirkko, Kolovesi National Park, Linnansaari National Park, Imatra Waterfall
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). Pack the 25th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, and stroll through Sibelius Monument.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in January, with highs in Helsinki at -3°C and lows at -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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