46 days in Finland Itinerary

46 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

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Turku
— 6 nights
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Pori
— 4 nights
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Tampere
— 8 nights
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Savonlinna
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
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Levi
— 4 nights
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 8 nights
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Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll get in some beach time at Bellevue Beach and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Louhisaari Manor in Askainen (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Turku itinerary maker site.

Nairobi, Kenya to Turku is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Nairobi to Turku, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Nairobi in December, things will get much colder in Turku: highs are around 1°C and lows about -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 27:

Pori

— 4 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. You'll explore and learn at Villa Mairea and Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum. Head to Pori Art Museum and Ruokapuoti Lumofor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Pori: Rauma (Old Rauma & The Church of the Holy Cross) and Uusikaupunki (Bonk Museum & Isokari Lighthouse). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Pori are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:

Tampere

— 8 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get in touch with nature at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Pyhan Birgitan kirkko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti), Oravivuori Triangulation Tower (in Korpilahti) and Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko) (in Muurame). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, view the masterpieces at Taidekeskus Harri, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tampere trip app.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 8:

Savonlinna

— 4 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Popular historic sites such as Olavinlinna Castle and Pikkukirkko are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Utra Beach and Honkaniemi Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: Rapio Mill (in Juva), Taitokortteli (in Joensuu) and St. George Church (in Joroinen). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at Johanna Oras Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna vacation planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

Rovaniemi

— 6 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rovaniemi Church and Arktikum. Step out of the city life by going to Kotielainpuisto Arkadia and Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello). There's much more to do: experience rural life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary maker tool.

Fly from Savonlinna to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 18:

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.
Get some cultural insight at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins. Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Kids' Land. Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). There's much more to do: stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING, and bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Levi using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for little chillier nights in Levi, with lows around -21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Step out of Saariselka to go to Inari and see Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Levi to Saariselka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 25:

Helsinki

— 8 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.
Do your shopping at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop and Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Johannes Church. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Maritime Centre Vellamo (in Kotka). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip website.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — Feb 2:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."