51 days in Finland Itinerary

51 days in Finland Itinerary

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Turku
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 3 nights
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Pori
— 3 nights
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Kotka
— 4 nights
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5
Kuopio
— 4 nights
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Oulu
— 3 nights
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 11 nights
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Levi
— 7 nights
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Inari
— 5 nights
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Helsinki
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Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Castle and Bonk Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Kylamaki Village of Living History. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Louhisaari Manor in Askainen, approximately Askainen away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Adelaide, Australia to Turku is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7.5 hours traveling from Adelaide to Turku. In December, Turku is much colder than Adelaide - with highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Tampere

— 3 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 National Police Museum. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and go for a walk through Finlayson Area.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere day trip website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Tampere sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

Pori

— 3 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach and then admire the masterpieces at Rauma Art Museum.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pori trip maker website.

Getting from Tampere to Pori by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to fly to Kotka.

Things to do in Pori

Museums · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 10:

Kotka

— 4 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Linden Esplanade and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beach Mansikkalahti and Kotka Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Tykkimaen Sauna (in Kouvola). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, and walk around Riverside Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Kotka travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Pori to Kotka takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Kotka are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 14:

Kuopio

— 4 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alahovi Berry Wine Farm and VB Photographic Centre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum and Kuopio War Veteran Museum. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, and get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kuopio online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Kotka to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Kuopio sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Visiting Nallikari Beach and Lapponia Safaris - Day tours will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas & Wellness and Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. Explore Oulu's surroundings by going to Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Kotielainpuisto Arkadia (in Simo). It doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip planner.

Getting from Kuopio to Oulu by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 21st (Wed), explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and then surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours. On the next day, hit the slopes at Ruka and then relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo tour planner.

You can drive from Oulu to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Oulu in December, with highs in Kuusamo at -5°C and lows at -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Museums · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Rovaniemi

— 11 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 Ranua Zoo and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Step out of the city life by going to Photography Tours and Syvasenvaara Fell. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley (in Tornio) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi attractions planner.

Drive from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — Jan 3:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Levi Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get outdoors at Wingrens Dogsafaris and Jemes Sport. Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Sarestoniemi Museum (in Kaukonen), Muonio (Sarkitunturi & Keimiotunturi Fell) and Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at KuruYoga Levi, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and take an in-depth tour of Samiland.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Levi travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, plan for little chillier nights in Levi, with lows around -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 10:

Inari

— 5 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Museum-lovers will appreciate Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. Get in touch with nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inari: Saariselka (Lapland Safaris Saariselka & Saariselka Reindeer Farm). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Inari planner.

Drive from Levi to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Inari can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Kansallisgalleria and Mannerheim Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Katajanokka and Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka. And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and see some colorful creatures with Dive Finland Oy.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning app.

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 somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."