44 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

44 days in Helsinki, Finnish Archipelago & Lapland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Kotka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
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Shuttle to Mariehamn, Fly to Turku, Bus to Pori
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Pori
— 4 nights
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Vaasa
— 4 nights
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Inari
— 3 nights
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Levi
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
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Oulu
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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.
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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and test your problem-solving skills at Labyrinth Games Room Escape.

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

Vancouver, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-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 · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 6:

Kotka

— 5 nights
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: Marian Kirkko (in Hamina) and Kouvola (Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area & Mielakka Ski Center). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, examine the collection at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and stroll around Riverside Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Helsinki in December: high temperatures in Kotka hover around -1°C and lows are around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 11:

Turku

— 5 nights
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: Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki) and Forssa Museum (in Forssa). 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 your bearings 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 fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 16:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 17th (Tue), examine the collection at Museumship Pommern and then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum. On your second day here, step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, stroll through Getabergen, and then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

Pori

— 4 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Pori: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more), Tampere (Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, Pyynikki's Swim Hall, &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 shuttle, flight, and bus from Mariehamn to Pori takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; 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 · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:

Vaasa

— 4 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vaasa: Arctic Museum Nanoq (in Pietarsaari), Saltkaret (in Mustasaari) and Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, test your team's savvy at Makeitout, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and examine the collection at Carlsro Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Pori to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:

Inari

— 3 nights
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, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

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

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Inari takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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 go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Levi

— 4 nights
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 drive from Inari to Levi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; 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 · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 2:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get your bearings at Rovaniemi City Library, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 7:

Oulu

— 4 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Explore Oulu's surroundings by going to Raahe Museum (in Raahe) and Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at 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 · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.