46 days in Finland Itinerary

46 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip maker

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Helsinki
— 9 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Train
5
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive
7
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Mustasaari
— 3 nights
Drive
11
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Train
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
13
Hameenlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
14
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
15
Espoo
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 9 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth (in Kotka) and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Helsinki is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jeddah in November, expect Helsinki to be much colder, temps between 5°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 7:

Saariselka

— 3 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.
On the 8th (Wed), trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip maker tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Saariselka by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Saariselka: temperatures range from -7°C by day to -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi). Spend the 10th (Fri) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, stop by Inghams Mini Husky Experience, and explore the galleries of LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi journey tool.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Levi are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately Ranua away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, see Santa Claus Office, and engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planner.

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Outdoors Oulu Oy, then make a trip to Kauppahalli, and then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, then get curious at Tietomaa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Oulu visit planning site.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, Oulu is somewhat warmer than Rovaniemi - with highs of -2°C and lows of -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Kajaani

— 1 night
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Kajaani Church and then explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kajaani trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Oulu to Kajaani by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -4°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kajaani

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Joensuu (Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla & Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, explore the activities along Pielinen, relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Kajaani to Koli National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. December in Koli National Park sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, and then get to know the resident critters at Korpikeidas. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and then relax and rejuvenate at Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Lappeenranta takes 4 hours. December in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:

Jyvaskyla

— 2 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): examine the collection at Toivolan Vanha Piha, then see the interesting displays at The Alvar Aalto Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland). Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Himos Ski Resort and then examine the collection at Finnish Air Force Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Jyvaskyla trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Jyvaskyla in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Jyvaskyla are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Mustasaari

— 3 nights
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. When in Mustasaari, make a side trip to see Arctic Museum Nanoq in Pietarsaari, approximately Pietarsaari away. Spend the 30th (Thu) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret, wander the wide-open spaces of Aava Kertun Kotitila, trek along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, and snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Mustasaari takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 2nd (Sun), see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum and then see the interesting displays at Terranova. Keep things going the next day: make a splash at Tropiclandia and then sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Vaasa vacation builder website.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Vaasa in an hour. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums · Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 4th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Hameenkatu, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

Take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Tampere, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

Hameenlinna

— 2 nights
Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): learn about all things military at The Parola Armour Museum, then examine the collection at Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum), and then examine the collection at Hunting Museum of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Vankilamuseo, browse the exhibits of Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, and then get engrossed in the history at Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hameenlinna trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Hameenlinna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Hameenlinna can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Turku

— 3 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: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

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Getting from Hameenlinna to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Espoo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Espoo

— 2 nights
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Exhibition Centre WeeGee and then admire the masterpieces at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Espoo road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Espoo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Espoo, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Espoo

Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

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."