40 days in Finland Itinerary

40 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Fly
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Vaasa
— 5 nights
Train
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker.

Gothenburg, Sweden to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. While traveling from Gothenburg, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 27:

Koli National Park

— 5 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, make a trip to Paateri, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park online travel route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in November: highs in Koli National Park hover around 1°C, while lows dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 2:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Family-friendly places like Santa Claus Village and SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda (in Tornio) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in December, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between -6°C and -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:

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.
Attractions like Levi Ski Resort and Icekarting Levi make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi, get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, and make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Levi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 11th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kotka.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

Kotka

— 4 nights
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. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth and Tykkimaen Sauna. Go for a jaunt from Kotka to Kouvola to see Repovesi National Park about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip website.

You can fly from Saariselka to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in December, expect Kotka to be somewhat warmer, temps between -1°C and -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Vaasa.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:

Vaasa

— 5 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kids will appreciate attractions like Ojberget and Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum. Explore Vaasa's surroundings by going to Saltkaret (in Mustasaari), Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava) and Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki). Spend the 18th (Sat) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, examine the collection at Terranova, and snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kotka to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Vaasa are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 21:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kids will enjoy Ahvenisto and Tullin Sauna. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Museo Militaria (in Hameenlinna), Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki) and Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, stop by Hameenkatu, and kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tampere road trip website.

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Vaski Adventure Island and Turku Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo & Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, make a splash at JukuPark Turku, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Turku tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

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."