43 days in Finland Itinerary

43 days in Finland Itinerary

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43 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
1
Porvoo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Espoo
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Aland Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  1​h 45​min
4
Naantali
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
5
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
8
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
Oulu
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
12
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
13
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
14
Inari
— 2 nights
15
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
16
Vantaa
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
17
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Singapore

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Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 1st (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo. On your second day here, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, then stop by Willatar, then see the interesting displays at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, and finally take a stroll around Sibelius Hall.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Porvoo vacation planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Porvoo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Singapore to Porvoo. In December, Porvoo is cooler than Singapore - with highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Espoo.

Things to do in Porvoo

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Lahti
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

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Espoo

Espoo ©
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Espoo Museum of Modern Art and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Espoo Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park (Nuuksion Kansallispuisto).

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Espoo online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Porvoo to Espoo in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Aland Island.

Things to do in Espoo

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hvittrask
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Hvittrask ©
Hvittrask
Espoo Cathedral ©
Espoo Cathedral

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Aland Island

Aland Island ©
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language.
On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, see the interesting displays at Kastelholms Slott, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aland Island itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Espoo to Aland Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Espoo in December: high temperatures in Aland Island hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Naantali.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums Nature Parks
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar

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Naantali

Naantali ©
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to Naantali's old town. Here are some ideas for day two: find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church, and then have fun at Moomin World.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Naantali trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Aland Island to Naantali in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Aland Island in December, things will get slightly colder in Naantali: highs are around 0°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Naantali

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Louhisaari Manor
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Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor
Moomin World ©
Moomin World

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 9th (Sat), browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Main Library.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Turku tour planner.

Turku is just a stone's throw from Naantali. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 11th (Mon), look for gifts at Alko. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Adventure Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korpikeidas and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Theme Park.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Lappeenranta takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Theme Parks Nature
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

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Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then steep yourself in history at Detachment Kuhlmey, and finally stop by Souvenirs world. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Karelian Farmhouse Open Air Museum, look for gifts at Rajamarket, pause for some serene contemplation at De tre korsens kyrka, then make a trip to Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, and finally don't miss a visit to Ruokolahden Kirkko.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Imatra itinerary maker.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Imatra in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Ruokolahti
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Imatrankoski ©
Imatrankoski
Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral and then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Old Kuopio Museum, examine the collection at Kuopio Museum, then get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio City Hall, then stop by Pikku Pietarin Torikuja, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Puijo and then watch a film at Entertainment Center IsoCee.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Spas Museums Fun & Games
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 22nd (Fri), hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and then have fun at Tietomaa.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Oulu trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Oulu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums
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Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, then get in on the family fun at SantaPark, and finally engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Museums Tours
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
On the 26th (Tue), hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Action Park, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Saariselka, with lows around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 28th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, examine the collection at Siida, and then tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then head outdoors with Lake Inari.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari holiday planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Inari in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Museums Shopping
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Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then make a trip to Snow Village, and then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Levi online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Inari to Levi takes 3.5 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 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Vantaa.

Things to do in Levi

Tours Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Snow Village
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

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Vantaa

Vantaa ©
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Pyhan Laurin Kirkko, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then see the interesting displays at Finnish Aviation Museum, and finally engage your brain at Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre. Keep things going the next day: join in the after-dark buzz at Fazer Visitor Centre, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kuusijarvi, then contemplate the long history of Ainola (Jean Sibelius House), and finally examine the collection at Lotta Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vantaa travel planner.

Getting from Levi to Vantaa by combination of flight and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Levi in January, expect nights in Vantaa to be warmer, around -9°C, while days are a bit warmer, around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Vantaa

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lotta Museum, Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Heureka ©
Heureka
Pyhan Laurin kirkko ©
Pyhan Laurin kirkko

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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 5th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the historical opulence of Fortress of Suomenlinna, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki itinerary maker.

Helsinki is just a stone's throw from Vantaa. In January in Helsinki, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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