52 days in Finland Itinerary

52 days in Finland Itinerary

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52 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Entebbe
Fly:  19​h
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Saarijarvi
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Joutsa
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h
6
Saariselka
— 4 nights
7
Levi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Rovaniemi
— 9 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Entebbe


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7
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Ullanlinna. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Sibelius Hall (in Lahti), Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island) and Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja). Pack the 16th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market, enjoy some friendly competition at Flamingo Entertainment Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and look for gifts at Boss Shop.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker app .

Entebbe, Uganda to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern African Time (EAT) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Entebbe in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

Paavolan Tammi, Aurlahti Beach, Flamingo Entertainment Center, Sibelius Hall
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
We've included these beaches for you: Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. Take a break from the city and head to Kurjenrahka National Park and The Archipelago Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, contemplate the long history of Kuusisto Manor, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Turku day trip planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Kuusisto Manor, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Moomin World, Kurjenrahka National Park
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

7
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Rauhaniemi Beach and Yyteri Beach. Appreciate the collections at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Serlachius Museum Gosta. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Skiing Centre Juupavaara (in Juupajoki), Juselius Mausoleum (in Pori) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, take in the views from Hameensilta, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Aleksanterin Kirkko.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip site .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Pori, Serlachius Museum Gosta, Skiing Centre Juupavaara, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 31:
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

5
nights
Saarijarvi

Saarijarvi ©
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of Keuruu and JM-Rally Parc Ferme. Shop till you drop at Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala and Villageshop Veljekset Keskinen. Change things up with these side-trips from Saarijarvi: Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari), Jyvaskyla (Laajis & Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland)) and Nokkakivi Amusement Park (in Laukaa). Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Pyha-Hakki National Park.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Saarijarvi trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Tampere to Saarijarvi in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Saarijarvi are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Joutsa.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jyvaskyla, JM-Rally Parc Ferme, Ahtari Zoo, Villageshop Veljekset Keskinen, Nokkakivi Amusement Park
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Church of Keuruu ©
Church of Keuruu
JM-Rally Parc Ferme ©
JM-Rally Parc Ferme

5
nights
Joutsa

Joutsa ©
Joutsa is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. Visit Mikkeli Cathedral and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings for their historical value. Get in touch with nature at Leivonmaki National Park and Puumalan Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Joutsa side-trips: Kangasniemi Church (in Kangasniemi), Panda Factory Outlet (in Vaajakoski) and Mikkeli (Navetta Galleria, Visulahti, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Lietvesi Scenic Road, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mantyharju Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Joutsa online holiday planner .

Getting from Saarijarvi to Joutsa by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Joutsa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mikkeli, Puumala, St. George Church, Panda Factory Outlet, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 10:
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Leivonmaki National Park ©
Leivonmaki National Park
Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Savitaipale Church ©
Savitaipale Church

4
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Juutua Nature Trail, The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, & more). Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Saariselka holiday builder tool .

Explore your travel options from Joutsa to Saariselka with the Route module. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Joutsa in January; daily highs in Saariselka reach -11°C and lows reach -20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Lemmenjoki National Park
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

6
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.
Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Get out of town with these interesting Levi side-trips: Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins (in Muonio), Snow Village (in Kittila) and Pyhakero (in Enontekio). The adventure continues: admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Samiland, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Levi attractions app .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, Pyhakero, Yllas Ski Resort, Levi Huskypark
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Elan Ski Shop & Rental ©
Elan Ski Shop & Rental

9
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Safaris and Ski Resort Ritavalkea will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Rovaniemi: Ski Resort Suomutunturi (in Suomu), Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Sampo Icebreaker (in Kemi). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, and look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi.

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

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Levi in January, with lows around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sampo Icebreaker, Pyha-Luosto National Park, Ski Resort Ritavalkea, Ski Resort Suomutunturi
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 30:
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

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