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 Helsinki Cathedral. 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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), 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 · Spas

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 Arktikum will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda (in Tornio). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, 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 Giewont Husky Adventures make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, and relax and rejuvenate at KuruYoga Levi.

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

Tours · Winter Sports · Adventure · Trails

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

Nature · Winter Sports · Trails · Outdoors

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 Repovesi National Park. Go for a jaunt from Kotka to Kouvola to see Tykkimaen Sauna about 56 minutes 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 · Spas

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 Vaasa Car & Motor Museum. Explore Vaasa's surroundings by going to Saltkaret (in Mustasaari), Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki) and Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava). 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 Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, 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 · Nature · Wildlife · 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 Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Museo Militaria (in Hameenlinna) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for gifts at Hameenkatu, and boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip planning site.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive 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 Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo & Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, make a splash at JukuPark Turku, identify plant and animal life at 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 · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."