44 days in Finland Itinerary

44 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Turku
— 5 nights
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Tampere
— 5 nights
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
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Rukatunturi
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
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Levi
— 5 nights
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Tornio
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 9 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Jeddah to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In December, Helsinki is much colder than Jeddah - with highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, get advice or help at Raision Kaupunginkirjasto, enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). The adventure continues: get a taste of the local shopping with Tea Shop Veistrom, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, and view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tampere day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:

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, explore the activities along Pielinen, take some stellar pictures from Rylays Hill, and examine the collection at Pielisen Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park travel route tool.

You can drive from Tampere to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Tampere in January, plan for slightly colder days in Koli National Park, with highs around -9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:

Rukatunturi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours and then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours and then soothe aching muscles at Rukaland.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rukatunturi itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rukatunturi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in January, Rukatunturi is a bit cooler at night with lows of -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Saariselka

— 4 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, Nature & Wildlife Tours, &more). Spend the 12th (Wed) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

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Getting from Rukatunturi to Saariselka by car takes about 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo), Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi). Spend the 16th (Sun) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Levi travel route planner.

Getting from Saariselka to Levi by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

Tornio

— 2 nights
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. On the 21st (Fri), see what you can catch with Nordic Safaris and then try out the rides at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Kukkolankoski and then enjoy breathtaking views from Tornion vesitorni.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tornio trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Levi to Tornio takes 4 hours. Traveling from Levi in January, Tornio is a bit warmer at night with lows of -16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Tornio

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Adventure · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 22:

Rovaniemi

— 9 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Pello and see Ski Resort Ritavalkea, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, cast your line with a fishing tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and stroll through Arctic Emotions Oy.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Tornio to Rovaniemi takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -10°C in January, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 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."