47 days in Finland Itinerary

47 days in Finland Itinerary

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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 6 nights
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Vaasa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 4 nights
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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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: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen), Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Rauma (Old Rauma, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Turku visit planning website.

Dublin, Ireland to Turku is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Dublin to Turku due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Dublin in December, with highs in Turku at 1°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki), Hameenlinna (Palander House, Ahvenisto, &more) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip site.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:

Vaasa

— 5 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Vaasa side-trips: Saltkaret (in Mustasaari), Arctic Museum Nanoq (in Pietarsaari) and Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, don't miss a visit to Pirunpesa, examine the collection at Stundars Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa trip maker.

Getting from Tampere to Vaasa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:

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.
Explore Saariselka's surroundings by going to Inari (Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka travel planner.

You can drive from Vaasa to Saariselka in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, Saariselka is little chillier than Vaasa - with highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins (in Muonio), Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Safaris (in Akaslompolo). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, take in the exciting artwork at LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi.

To find reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Levi day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Levi are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ski Resort Ritavalkea (in Pello) and Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

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: Juuka (Paalasmaan Surukivi & Myllymuseo) and Joensuu (Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni & Joensuu Church). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, take some stellar pictures from Rylays Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and hike along Paha-Koli Hill.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park online visit planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around -9°C in January, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

Mikkeli

— 4 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mikkeli: St. George Church (in Joroinen), Puumala (Lake Saimaa, Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi, &more) and Savonlinna (Olavinlinna Castle & Pikkukirkko). And it doesn't end there: get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, stroll through Neitvuori, and kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mikkeli online travel route planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Mikkeli in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Riverside Park (in Kotka) and Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, examine the collection at Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and trek along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January in Kouvola, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:

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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip tool.

You can drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Helsinki, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 4:

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."