49 days in Finland Itinerary

49 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 5 nights
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Vaasa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 7 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
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Helsinki
— 7 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo & Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum) and VMB Fishing (in Salo). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turku road trip planning site.

Rome, Italy to Turku is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. While traveling from Rome, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Turku, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 22 — 27:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki), Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, don't miss a visit to Hoyry Galleria, and enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere attractions website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Tampere, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 4:

Vaasa

— 6 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Vaasa: Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki), Kyro Distillery Company (in Isokyro) and Saltkaret (in Mustasaari). Spend the 6th (Sun) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ojberget, take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, see the interesting displays at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, and don't miss a visit to Ulrika Eleonora Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vaasa trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 4 — 10:

Koli National Park

— 6 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, get great views at Rylays Hill, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip maker site.

Getting from Vaasa to Koli National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In March, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 16:

Rukatunturi

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours and then relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): take an exotic tour of Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, then hit the slopes at Ruka, and then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rukatunturi online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rukatunturi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in March, Rukatunturi is a bit cooler at night with lows of -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:
Highlights from your trip

Rovaniemi

— 7 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Pello (Eeron Polku Trail & Ski Resort Ritavalkea) and Korouoma Canyon (in Posio). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip website.

Getting from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 25:

Levi

— 6 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo), Safartica Yllas (in Yllasjarvi) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 26th (Sat) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Spend the 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, hike along Keimiotunturi Fell, look for gifts at Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi route builder website.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in March, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 25 — 31:

Saariselka

— 4 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 (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, Juutua Nature Trail, &more). Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park. And it doesn't end there: hike along Ruijanpolku Trail, fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

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Traveling by car from Levi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 31 — Apr 4:

Helsinki

— 7 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 a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip website.

Getting from Saariselka to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Saariselka in April, expect Helsinki to be a bit warmer, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 4 — 11:

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."