43 days in Finland Itinerary

43 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Train
5
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 3 nights
Train
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
13
Hameenlinna
— 3 nights
Drive
14
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Espoo
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National Museum of Finland and The Aalto House. Kansallisgalleria and Mannerheim Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jeddah in November, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 28:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka trip planning site.

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in November, expect Saariselka to be little chillier, temps between -3°C and -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 29:
Highlights from your trip

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 30th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Levi road trip site.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Levi sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 29 — Dec 1:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 2nd (Thu), stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church and then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online attractions planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Nightlife
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Haukipudas Church and Oulu Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Raahe Museum and Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: stroll through Nallikari Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take an exotic tour of Outdoors Oulu Oy.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Oulu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Oulu reach -2°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Oulu

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

Kajaani

— 1 night
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 7th (Tue), see what you can catch with Luonnollisesti Oulujarvi and then explore the world behind art at Kajaani art museum.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kajaani trip planner.

Getting from Oulu to Kajaani by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kajaani are -4°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kajaani

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 7:

Koli National Park

— 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Utra Beach and Honkaniemi Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Parppeinvaaran Runokyla and Pielisen Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Kauppakeskus Iso Myy (in Joensuu), Mohko Ironworks Museum (in Ilomantsi) and Myllymuseo (in Juuka). There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planning site.

You can drive from Kajaani to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:

Lappeenranta

— 4 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Head to Art Centre Salmela and IsoKristiinafor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Johanna Oras Art Gallery and Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy. Go for a jaunt from Lappeenranta to Imatra to see Lempukka Beach about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, soothe aching muscles at Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola, and buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Mall Galleria.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta tour itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Lappeenranta takes 4 hours. In December in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums · Shopping · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:

Jyvaskyla

— 4 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vitikkala Manor and The Alvar Aalto Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Panda Factory Outlet and Art Center Haihatus. Venture out of the city with trips to Keuruu (Church of Keuruu & Old Church of Keuruu) and Oravivuori Triangulation Tower (in Korpilahti). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko).

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla day trip site.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Jyvaskyla in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In December in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nightlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:

Mustasaari

— 1 night
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mustasaari day trip app.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Mustasaari takes 4 hours. In December in Mustasaari, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. You will leave for Vaasa on the 20th (Mon).

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

Vaasa

— 3 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tikanoja Art Museum and Salgrund Pilot Station. Explore hidden gems such as Hietasaaren uimaranta and Kyro Distillery Company. Step out of Vaasa with an excursion to Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala in Kauhava--about 1h 5 min away. There's more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Vaasa takes an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visit Yyteri Beach and Suolijarvi Beach for some beach relaxation. Do your shopping at Laukko Manor and Haihara Art Centre. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, stop by Hameenkatu, and enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Tampere vacation builder site.

Getting from Vaasa to Tampere by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:

Hameenlinna

— 3 nights
Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kinnarin Tila & Pioni Ja Piironki and Shopping Centre Karisma. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone. Get out of town with these interesting Hameenlinna side-trips: Sibelius Hall (in Lahti) and Vierumaki – Sport Institute of Finland (in Vierumaki).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Hameenlinna trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Hameenlinna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Shopping · Spas · Nightlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Head to Turun Kauppahalli and Turun Taidehallifor plenty of shopping. You'll get in some beach time at Vepsa Island and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Turku online itinerary planner.

Drive from Hameenlinna to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Espoo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Espoo

— 2 nights
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Espoo Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, and then have fun and explore at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Espoo trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Espoo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Espoo are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Espoo

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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."