50 days in Finland Itinerary

50 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 6 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 5 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Saariselka
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
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Levi
— 7 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 8 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 5 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Venture out of the city with trips to Heureka (in Vantaa) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and get advice or help at Oodi Central Library.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning app.

Seattle, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Seattle to Helsinki. Traveling from Seattle in December, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 37°F and 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 27:

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 discover tucked-away gems like Turku City Library and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo & Old Rauma). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Turku online road trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. December in Turku sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 2:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vapriikin Museokeskus and Nasinneula Tower. Venture out of the city with trips to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Yyteri Beach (in Pori) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, test the waters at Tullin Sauna, don't miss a visit to Kallenaution Kievari, and stop by Tea Shop Veistrom.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:

Imatra

— 5 nights
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Step off the beaten path and head to Imatra Waterfall and Lappeenranta Fortress. Get out of town with these interesting Imatra side-trips: Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna), Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli (in Mikkeli) and Puumala (Lietvesi Scenic Road & Viewing Platform in Puumala). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, stop by Imatran Kalatalo, and buy something for everyone on your list at Prisma.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Imatra road trip app.

You can drive from Tampere to Imatra in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 20°F, while at night they dip to 11°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Urho Kekkonen National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus & Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Lapland Safaris Saariselka, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Imatra to Saariselka takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Imatra in January; daily highs in Saariselka reach 15°F and lows reach 1°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:

Levi

— 7 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Icekarting Levi. Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio) and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila). Spend the 18th (Tue) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, and get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Levi travel route builder app.

You can drive from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between 15°F during the day and -1°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 24:

Rovaniemi

— 8 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rovaniemi Church. Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ranua and see Ranua Zoo, which is approximately 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of 6°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 24 — Feb 1:

Kuusamo

— 5 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruka and Pentik Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma) and Korouoma Canyon (in Posio). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, look for all kinds of wild species at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, soothe aching muscles at Rukaland, and relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°F in February, and nighttime lows around 13°F. On the 6th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 6:

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."