46 days in Finland Itinerary

46 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Turku
— 4 nights
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Tampere
— 4 nights
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Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
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Mikkeli
— 3 nights
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Lahti
— 4 nights
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Kotka
— 4 nights
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
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Oulu
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Vaasa
— 4 nights

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo 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 expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online visit planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -7.5 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Adelaide in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

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Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:
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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Venture out of the city with trips to Marela Museum House (in Rauma), Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Uusikaupunki (Automobile Museum & Bonk Museum). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, pause for some serene contemplation at Martinkirkko, and examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, use the Turku travel route site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Turku are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Castle
Turku Castle
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Religious Site
Turku Cathedral
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Tampere

Tampere ©

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Holy Cross Church (in Parola), Hameenlinna (Museo Militaria, Palander House, &more) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, tour or see a game at Irti Maasta Tampere, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere day trip planning site.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Fun & Games · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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History Museum
Visavuori
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Specialty Museum
Vapriikin Museokeskus
4.8
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Theme Park
Ahvenisto
5.0

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Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jyvaskyla: Puijo Tower (in Kuopio), Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa) and Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Old Church of Keuruu, take in the views from Karkisten Silta, take in the architecture and design of University of Jyvaskyla, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla travel planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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University / School
University of Jyvaskyla
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Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Mikkeli side-trips: Savonlinna (Olavinlinna Castle & Pikkukirkko), Lake Saimaa (in Puumala) and Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju). There's much more to do: tour or see a show at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Church, and identify plant and animal life at Neitvuori.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Jyvaskyla to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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National Park
Repovesi National Park
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Scenic Drive
Lake Saimaa
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Lookout
Neitvuori
4.8

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Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahti: Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki), Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala) and Riihimaki (Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum) & Riihimaki Art Museum). There's still lots to do: get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, fly down the slopes at Messila Ski Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Hollola, and have fun at Laune Central Park.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lahti travel planner.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Lahti in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Lahti are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Civic Center
Sibelius Hall
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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. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Wolkoff House Museum (in Lappeenranta). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, stroll around Riverside Park, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

You can plan Kotka trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Drive from Lahti to Kotka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Specialty Museum
Salpa Line Museum
5.0
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Hiking Trail
Santalahti Nature Trail
5.0

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Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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.
Take a break from Koli National Park with a short trip to Paalasmaan Surukivi in Juuka, about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and explore the fascinating underground world of Pirunkirkko.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park journey maker.

You can drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Ski Area
Ukko-Koli
4.8
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Specialty Museum
Pielisen Museum
4.8
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Water Body
Pielinen
5.0

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Oulu is known for shopping, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, and see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Oulu journey planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Oulu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Specialty Museum
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo
4.6
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Entertainment Center
Oulu Climbing Centre
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Pello to see Ski Resort Ritavalkea about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle, and hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Oulu to Rovaniemi by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oulu in January, you will find days in Rovaniemi are little chillier (-10°C), and nights are about the same (-17°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Safari
Safaris
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History Museum
Arktikum
4.1

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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Vaasa side-trips: Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki), Saltkaret (in Mustasaari) and Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, hit the slopes at Ojberget, and have some family-friendly fun at Makeitout.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip planning site.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Vaasa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in January; daily highs in Vaasa reach -3°C and lows reach -11°C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
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Ski Area
Ojberget
4.4

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