42 days in Finland Itinerary

42 days in Finland Itinerary

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42 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
3
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Kuusamo
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
9
Tampere
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Turku
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Toronto

6
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.
Pack the 26th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary maker .

Toronto, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Toronto to Helsinki. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Spend the 31st (Mon) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. On the 2nd (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Helsinki to Saariselka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for slightly colder days in Saariselka, with highs around -7°C, while nights are cooler with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, Lemmenjoki National Park
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Hippupuoti Gift Shop ©
Hippupuoti Gift Shop

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Snow Village about 46 minutes away. On the 4th (Fri), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, get engrossed in the history at Samiland, and get all the equipment you need at Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip itinerary app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Levi Huskypark
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall, see Santa Claus Office, and explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning site .

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

4
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore Kuusamo's surroundings by going to Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction (in Salla), Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio) and Syote National Park (in Syote). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Ruka, head outdoors with Karhunkierros, look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kuusamo vacation planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. January in Kuusamo sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Riisitunturi National Park, Syote National Park, Salla Museum of War & Reconstruction
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 13:
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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 ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Kuopio (Puijo Tower, Lutheran Cathedral, & more). Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Kuusamo in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -15°C in Koli National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuopio, Koli
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
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: Imatra (Imatra Waterfall & Imatran Kalatalo), Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Joutsenon kirkko (in Lappeenranta). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, and pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna tour itinerary planning website .

Drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Joutsenon kirkko, Punkaharju Ridge, Linnansaari National Park
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

2
nights
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mustasaari: Vaasa (Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, Hietasaaren uimaranta, & more). Spend a day of island exploring on the 21st (Mon) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's more to do: snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta and head outdoors with Replot Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mustasaari travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Mustasaari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Savonlinna in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Mustasaari, with lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Vaasa
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Raippaluodon Silta ©
Raippaluodon Silta

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Palkaneen Kirkko (in Palkane), Parola (Holy Cross Church & Parola Tank Museum) and Pori (Yyteri Beach & Juselius Mausoleum). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, enjoy some friendly competition at Space Bowling & Billiards Tampere, step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, and see the interesting displays at Lenin Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner .

You can drive from Mustasaari to Tampere in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Parola, Pori, Palkaneen Kirkko, Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Juselius Mausoleum ©
Juselius Mausoleum
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma), Korpo Church (in Korpo) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, have fun at Moomin World, and contemplate the long history of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku day trip site .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Naantali, Rauma, Korpo Church, Kurjenrahka National Park
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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