46 days in Finland Itinerary

46 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
2
Turku
— 4 nights
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
4
Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
5
Mikkeli
— 3 nights
6
Lahti
— 4 nights
7
Kotka
— 4 nights
8
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
9
Oulu
— 3 nights
10
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
11
Vaasa
— 4 nights

5
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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.
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 °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 7:
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
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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), Uusikaupunki (Automobile Museum & Bonk Museum) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, 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 °C, while nighttime lows are °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

Side Trips

Naantali, Uusikaupunki, Marela Museum House, Louhisaari Manor
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
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). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in panoramic vistas at Haralanharju Tower, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tampere day trip website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Holy Cross Church, Haralanharju Tower, Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 15:
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Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto

4
nights
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), Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula) and Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa). 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 °C in December, and nighttime lows around °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

Side Trips

Old Church of Keuruu, Puijo Tower, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, Vitikkala Manor
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 19:
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Natural History Museum of Central Finland ©
University of Jyvaskyla ©
University of Jyvaskyla
Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art ©
Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art

3
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Mikkeli side-trips: Puumalan Lake (in Puumala), Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju) and Savonlinna (Olavinlinna Castle & Pikkukirkko). 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 °C in December, and nighttime lows around °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

Side Trips

Savonlinna, Repovesi National Park, Puumalan Lake, St. George Church, Woikosken Automuseo
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Neitvuori ©
Neitvuori

4
nights
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: Riihimaki (Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum) & Riihimaki Art Museum), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala). There's still lots to do: get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center, explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut, and make a trip to Musical Fountain.

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 °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Kotka.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Riihimaki, Hollola, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Hiidenkirnut
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
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Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum) ©
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Padasjoen Tuomastornit ©
Padasjoen Tuomastornit

4
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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.

Take a train from Lahti to Kotka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach °C, while at night they dip to °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

Side Trips

Hamina, Salpa Line Museum, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Wolkoff House Museum, Ankkapurha Cultural Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

4
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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 °C, and evening lows to °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

Side Trips

Koli Nature Centre Ukko, Paalasmaan Surukivi
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Pielinen ©
Pielinen

3
nights
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 have some family-friendly fun at Oulu Climbing Centre.

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 °C, and evening lows to °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

Side Trip

Koitelinkoski
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo ©
Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo
Oulu Climbing Centre ©
Oulu Climbing Centre

4
nights
Rovaniemi

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 (°C), and nights are about the same (°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

Side Trip

Ski Resort Ritavalkea
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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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: Saltkaret (in Mustasaari), Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki) 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 °C and lows reach °C. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Seinajoki Library, Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala, Stundars Museum
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Ojberget ©
Ojberget
Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library

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