44 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

44 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Turku
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h
5
Pori
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Vaasa
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h
7
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
8
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
10
Oulu
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: Vancouver

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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki journey app.

Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 10 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Vancouver in November: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

King's Road, Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 6:
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

5
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Kouvola (Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area & Mielakka Ski Center). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, walk around Riverside Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kotka online trip maker.

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Kotka hover around -1°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Forssa Museum (in Forssa) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Turku trip app.

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Forssa Museum, Bonk Museum
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 17th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, thenexamine the collection at Museumship Pommern, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On your second day here, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, look for all kinds of wild species at Getabergen, and then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mariehamn trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Getabergen
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Room Escape Games
Getabergen ©
Getabergen

4
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Pori: Tampere (Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, Pyynikki's Swim Hall, &more), Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more) and Isokari Lighthouse (in Uusikaupunki).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pori trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mariehamn to Pori takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Traveling from Mariehamn in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -5°C in Pori. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Tampere, Rauma, Isokari Lighthouse
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Spas
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vaasa: Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki), Saltkaret (in Mustasaari) and Arctic Museum Nanoq (in Pietarsaari). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, get your game on at Makeitout, examine the collection at Terranova, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Vaasa tour itinerary planning app.

Getting from Pori to Vaasa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Kristiinankaupunki, Mustasaari, Seinajoki Library, Arctic Museum Nanoq
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Ojberget ©
Ojberget
Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inari: Saariselka (Hippupuoti Gift Shop & Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, get a dose of the wild on Angeli Reindeer Farm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Vaasa in December, you will find days in Inari are a bit cooler (-7°C), and nights are cooler (-17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

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.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Levi vacation builder app.

You can fly from Inari to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Levi, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Muonio, Safaris, Giewont Husky Adventures, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
G2 ICEKARTING ©
G2 ICEKARTING

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi). There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and see Santa Claus Office.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Pyhatunturi
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:
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Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

4
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Explore Oulu's surroundings by going to Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, stroll around Ainolan Puisto, and contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu trip itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Oulu, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Kotielainpuisto Arkadia, Koitelinkoski, Raahe Museum
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Oulu Climbing Centre ©
Oulu Climbing Centre
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo

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