39 days in Finland Itinerary

39 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Adelaide
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  26 h
1
Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Savonlinna
— 4 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  8 h 15 min
6
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
7
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
8
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Ranua
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  31 h
End: Adelaide

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Pihamaa Estate & Winery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Oravivuori Triangulation Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum) and Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, explore the historical opulence of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, and take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip builder site.

Adelaide, Australia to Tampere is an approximately 26- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 7.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Tampere due to the time zone difference. In December, Tampere is cooler than Adelaide - with highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parola, Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, Old Church of Keuruu, Oravivuori Triangulation Tower, Pihamaa Estate & Winery
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

3
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Rauma and Marela Museum House. Step out of the city life by going to Yyteri Beach and Herrainpaivat Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pori: Rauma (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more) and Koylion Kirkkokari (in Koylio). There's still lots to do: get outside with Yyterin Nakotorni.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pori journey app.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Pori sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Rauma, Koylion Kirkkokari
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Castle and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Get some cultural insight at Turku Cathedral and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, browse the collection at Turku City Library, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

Plan my day in Turku using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Pori to Turku 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 -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali, Louhisaari Manor, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Aalto House and Mannerheim Museum. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Kotka (Aijanniemi Beach & Maritime Centre Vellamo) and Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Katajanokka, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online itinerary maker.

Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Kotka
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Olavinlinna Castle and St. George Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Savonlinna Cathedral and Kerimaki Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Savonlinna: Lietvesi Scenic Road (in Puumala), Anttola Church (in Anttola) and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, learn about all things military at Communications Centre Lokki, and take an in-depth tour of Museum Juvan.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Savonlinna at -1°C and lows at -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Mikkeli, Lietvesi Scenic Road, Johanna Oras Art Gallery, Anttola Church, Museum Juvan
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Get some historical perspective at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Saariselka: Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, &more).

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Savonlinna to Saariselka takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in December, with highs in Saariselka at -7°C and lows at -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Inari
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Step out of the city life by going to Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm and Jemes Sport. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in Kittila, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities.

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

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Jemes Sport
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Jemes Sport ©
Jemes Sport
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Get in touch with nature at Ruka and Hossa National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Syote Ski & Nature Resort and Kujala Reindeer Farm. It doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo road trip planning website.

You can fly from Levi to Kuusamo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Kuusamo sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Hossa National Park, Syote Ski & Nature Resort
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Hossa National Park
Hossa National Park
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre

3
nights
Ranua

Ranua ©
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): get to know the resident critters at Ranua Zoo.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ranua trip planning site.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Ranua in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 7th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Ranua

Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo