52 days in Finland Itinerary

52 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Turku
— 5 nights
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Tampere
— 7 nights
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Saarijarvi
— 5 nights
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Joutsa
— 5 nights
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Saariselka
— 4 nights
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Levi
— 6 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 9 nights

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Aurlahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church for their historical value. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Sibelius Hall (in Lahti) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). Pack the 16th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, get a taste of the local shopping with Old Market Hall, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planning site.

Entebbe, Uganda to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Entebbe to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Entebbe in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Shopping · Beaches · Outdoors

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Relax by the water at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Castle and The Church of the Holy Cross. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Old Rauma (in Rauma). There's still lots to do: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and explore the galleries of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku travel website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Castle
Turku Castle
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Religious Site
Turku Cathedral
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Tampere

Tampere ©

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Tampere City Library, Metso. Visit Vanha Kirkko and Aleksanterin Kirkko for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi), Skiing Centre Juupavaara (in Juupajoki) and Pori (Yyteri Beach & Juselius Mausoleum). Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, see the interesting displays at Sara Hilden Art Museum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere holiday builder website.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in December, and nighttime lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Saarijarvi

Saarijarvi ©
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. Do your shopping at Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala and Villageshop Veljekset Keskinen. JM-Rally Parc Ferme and Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland) will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari) and Laajis (in Jyvaskyla). Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Pyha-Hakki National Park. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Nokkakivi Amusement Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Saarijarvi driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Saarijarvi takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Saarijarvi can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Joutsa.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

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National Park
Pyha-Hakki National Park
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala
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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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. George Church and Mikkeli Cathedral. Visiting Lake Saimaa and Leivonmaki National Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Kangasniemi Church (in Kangasniemi), Panda Factory Outlet (in Vaajakoski) and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina). There's much more to do: cruise along Lietvesi Scenic Road, get in on the family fun at Visulahti, take in the exciting artwork at Navetta Galleria, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mantyharju Church.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Joutsa travel planner.

You can drive from Saarijarvi to Joutsa in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Joutsa are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Joutsa

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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National Park
Leivonmaki National Park
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Scenic Drive
Lake Saimaa
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Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Head to Hippupuoti Gift Shop and Shamaan Design - Lappi Shopfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Juutua Nature Trail & The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos). Spend the 12th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and have some family-friendly fun at Saariselka Bowling.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip itinerary planning site.

Explore your travel options from Joutsa to Saariselka with the Route module. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Joutsa in January: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around -11°C and lows are around -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 · Nature

Side Trips

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Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery and Samiland. Take a break from the city and head to Elan Ski Shop & Rental and Kids' Land. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins (in Muonio), Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Pyhakero (in Enontekio). Spend the 16th (Wed) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, and get your game on at G2 ICEKARTING.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Levi attractions planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

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Biking Trail
Levi Ski Resort
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Ski Area
Yllas Ski Resort
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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Appreciate the collections at Arktikum and Pilke Science Centre. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Ski Resort Suomutunturi (in Suomu), Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Sampo Icebreaker (in Kemi). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip builder.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Must see
Safaris
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History Museum
Arktikum
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