52 days in Finland Itinerary

52 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
2
Turku
— 5 nights
3
Tampere
— 7 nights
4
Saarijarvi
— 5 nights
5
Joutsa
— 5 nights
6
Saariselka
— 4 nights
7
Levi
— 6 nights
8
Rovaniemi
— 9 nights

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 Aurlahti Beach. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) for their historical value. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island) and Sibelius Hall (in Lahti). Pack the 16th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, make a trip to Senate Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

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

Entebbe, Uganda to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from East Africa Time (EAT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Entebbe in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trips

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

5
nights
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 Kuusisto Manor. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Turku tour planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Kuusisto Manor, Kurjenrahka National Park, Moomin World, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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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.
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), Pori (Yyteri Beach & Juselius Mausoleum) and Skiing Centre Juupavaara (in Juupajoki). 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 °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Pori, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, Skiing Centre Juupavaara
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 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 Laajis (in Jyvaskyla), Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). 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 °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Joutsa.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Jyvaskyla, Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala, Nokkakivi Amusement Park, JM-Rally Parc Ferme, Church of Keuruu
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala ©
Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala
Church of Keuruu ©
Church of Keuruu

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like St. George Church and Navetta Galleria. Visiting Puumalan Lake and Leivonmaki National Park will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Panda Factory Outlet (in Vaajakoski), The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and Kangasniemi Church (in Kangasniemi). Next up on the itinerary: take a memorable drive along Lietvesi Scenic Road, get in on the family fun at Visulahti, pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Mannerheim Statue.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Joutsa online route planner.

Traveling by car from Saarijarvi to Joutsa takes 2 hours. In January in Joutsa, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Joutsa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mikkeli, Puumala, Savitaipale Church, Panda Factory Outlet, Mantyharju Church
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 ©
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 °C and lows are around °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
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
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.
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 Levi Ski Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Pyhakero (in Enontekio), Lapland Hotels SnowVillage (in Kittila) and Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins (in Muonio). There's lots more to do: have fun at Kids' Land, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, and have some family-friendly fun at G2 ICEKARTING.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Levi tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

9
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
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 Ski Resort Ritavalkea. Appreciate the collections at Arktikum and Pilke Science Centre. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Sampo Icebreaker (in Kemi), Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Ski Resort Suomutunturi (in Suomu). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Levi in January since evenings lows in Rovaniemi dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

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