39 days in Finland Itinerary

39 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Turku
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 4 nights
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Vaasa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
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Savonlinna
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get advice or help at Turku City Library, relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and have fun at Flowpark Turku.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planning tool.

Nairobi, Kenya to Turku is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nairobi to Turku due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nairobi in December, expect Turku to be colder, temps between 1°C and -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pori (Yyteri Beach & Juselius Mausoleum) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, stroll around Nasi Park, and step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tampere sightseeing planner.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Vaasa

— 4 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Step out of Vaasa with an excursion to Wolf Cave in Karijoki--about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 1st (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, get a taste of the local shopping with Tikanoja Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and kick back and relax at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vaasa trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick 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, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka travel planning website.

You can drive from Vaasa to Saariselka in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Vaasa in January, things will get a bit cooler in Saariselka: highs are around -11°C and lows about -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Levi

— 3 nights
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 Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 9th (Wed) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, shop like a local with LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and take some stellar pictures from Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Levi online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for museums, wildlife, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, revel in the low prices at Marttiini Store Old Factory, and enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi visit planning website.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 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 your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kuusamo: Syote National Park (in Syote) and Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Ruka and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

Planning Kuusamo trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach -10°C, while at night they dip to -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

Koli National Park

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara) and Kuopio (Puijo Tower, Snellman Park, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Pielinen, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and hike along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of -15°C in Koli National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:

Savonlinna

— 3 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Savonlinna side-trips: Joutsenon kirkko (in Lappeenranta), Imatra Waterfall (in Imatra) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). There's more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In January in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 22:

Helsinki

— 7 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Porvoo to see Porvoo Old Town about 50 minutes away. Pack the 25th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), make a trip to Senate Square, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, Helsinki is somewhat warmer than Savonlinna - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 29:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."