47 days in Finland Itinerary

47 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dublin
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Turku
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Vaasa
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
5
Levi
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
7
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Mikkeli
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
9
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
10
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Dublin

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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), Rauma (Old Rauma, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, get your game on at Suomen Huvilupa Oy, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, 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 take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Naantali, Rauma, Suomen Huvilupa Oy, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Louhisaari Manor
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

6
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Hameenlinna (Palander House, Ahvenisto, &more) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and get in on the excitement at Irti Maasta Tampere.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December in Tampere, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Old Church of Keuruu
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 31:
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Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

5
nights
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), Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava) and Arctic Museum Nanoq (in Pietarsaari). 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.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa trip maker.

Getting from Tampere to Vaasa by train takes about 2.5 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 travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Seinajoki, Mustasaari, Stundars Museum, Pirunpesa, Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
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Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
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 find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Saariselka travel planner.

You can fly from Vaasa to Saariselka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Otsamo Fell ©
Otsamo Fell

4
nights
Levi

Levi ©
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), Safaris (in Akaslompolo) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). The adventure continues: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING, gear up at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and fly down the slopes at Kids' Land.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Yllas Ski Resort, Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, Safaris, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

5
nights
Rovaniemi

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: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, 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 Tours

Side Trips

Ski Resort Ritavalkea, Pyhatunturi
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

5
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Joensuu (Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni & Joensuu Church) and Juuka (Paalasmaan Surukivi & Myllymuseo). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, and examine the collection at Pielisen Museum.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In January, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach -9°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Joensuu, Juuka, Koli
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

4
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mikkeli: Puumala (Puumalan Lake, Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi, &more), Savonlinna (Olavinlinna Castle & Pikkukirkko) and St. George Church (in Joroinen). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum, take a stroll around Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tainionkosken Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mikkeli trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Mikkeli takes 4 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Puumala, Imatra, Savonlinna, St. George Church
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 26:
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Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Neitvuori ©
Neitvuori

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
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, hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, and see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Mikkeli to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. 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 catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Salpa Line Museum, Riverside Park, Woikosken Automuseo
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

6
nights
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.
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 admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip tool.

You can take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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