48 days in Finland Itinerary

48 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 6 nights
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Jyvaskyla
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 3 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 5 nights
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Inari
— 5 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.
Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Marela Museum House (in Rauma) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and admire the masterpieces at Turku Art Museum.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turku journey builder.

Montes Claros, Brazil to Turku is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montes Claros to Turku is 5 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Montes Claros in December: high temperatures in Turku hover around 1°C and lows are around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 19:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Vapriikin Museokeskus and Visavuori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Mediamuseo Rupriikki and Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, steep yourself in history at Finlayson Area, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and get a taste of local nightlife at Tea Shop Veistrom.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip maker.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Spas · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 25:

Jyvaskyla

— 5 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Get some cultural insight at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum and Natural History Museum of Central Finland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Toivolan Vanha Piha and Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet. Venture out of the city with trips to Keuruu (Church of Keuruu & Old Church of Keuruu). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Craft Museum of Finland and brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla trip planner.

Getting from Tampere to Jyvaskyla by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Jyvaskyla are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Koli National Park

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pielisen Museum and Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma. Museum-lovers will appreciate Old Mine Mining Museum and Koli Nature Centre Ukko. When in Koli National Park, make a side trip to see Mohko Ironworks Museum in Ilomantsi, approximately Ilomantsi away. It doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

Make your Koli National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Koli National Park in 4 hours. In December in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Raahe Museum and Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and Oulu Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Oulu to Yli-Ii to see Kierikki Stone Age Centre about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo and explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Oulu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daytime highs in Oulu are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Arktikum and Rovaniemi Local History Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Forestry Museum of Lapland. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, wander the wide-open spaces of Napapiirin Porofarmi, and let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary app.

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 (-10°C), and nights are about the same (-17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 12:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi), Sarestoniemi Museum (in Kaukonen) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 13th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, glide through natural beauty at Seven Fells Up, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Levi, with lows around -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:

Inari

— 5 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get a sense of the local culture at Gold Prospector Museum and Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Inari: Saariselka (Ruijanpolku Trail & Urho Kekkonen National Park) and Skolt Sami Heritage House (in Sevettijarvi). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell, and wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Levi to Inari in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -11°C, and evening lows to -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 22:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and The National Museum of Finland. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Design Museum, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Inari to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in January, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 28:

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."