53 days in Finland Itinerary

53 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Raseborg
— 4 nights
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Drive to Turku Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kimito Island
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Kimito Island
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Turku
— 5 nights
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Tampere
— 7 nights
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Vaasa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
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Kouvola
— 6 nights
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Temppeliaukio Church and Kamppi Chapel of Silence are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Worker Housing (Tyovaenasuntomuseo), don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Helsinki. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Raseborg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 16:

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Raseborg

Raseborg is a town and municipality of Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bengtskar Lighthouse and Inkoon kirkko. You'll explore and learn at EKTA museum and Rosala Viking Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Raseborg: Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko), Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo). There's much more to do: walk around Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Fagervik Church, and step into the grandiose world of Raseborg Castle.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Raseborg trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Raseborg takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Raseborg

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:

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Kimito Island

Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik Gard and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island itinerary maker site.

Explore your travel options from Raseborg to Kimito Island with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum. Popular historic sites such as Turku Cathedral and Korpo Church are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Nagu Church (in Nagu), Automobile Museum (in Uusikaupunki) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, admire the masterpieces at Turku Art Museum, and explore the striking landscape of Kurjenrahka National Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Turku tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December in Turku, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Mediamuseo Rupriikki. Popular historic sites such as Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Serlachius Museum Gustaf are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi), Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi) and Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Evo Hiking Area, enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, and take an in-depth tour of Hiekka Art Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 3:

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Vaasa

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Stundars Museum and Mustasaaren kirkko. Appreciate the collections at Arctic Museum Nanoq and Vaasa Car & Motor Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaasa: Salgrund Pilot Station (in Kaskinen), Carlsro Museum (in Kristiinankaupunki) and Kokkola (Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum & Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum). Spend the 4th (Fri) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Terranova, make a trip to Kaupungintalo - City Hall, take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, and sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

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You can take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

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Levi

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Sarestoniemi Museum and Taatsin seita are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 10th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, hit the slopes at Kids' Land, and explore the galleries of LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Vaasa to Levi by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Vaasa in January; daily highs in Levi reach -11°C and lows reach -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:

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Akaslompolo

On the 13th (Sun), make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

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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.
Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Korundi House of Culture capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Ski Resort Ritavalkea in Pello (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and have fun at Santa Claus Office.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi tour itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Rovaniemi, with lows of -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:

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Koli National Park

Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Get some cultural insight at Pielisen Museum and Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko. You'll explore and learn at Old Mine Mining Museum and Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Kuhmo (Wild Taiga & Wilds Piira). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, make a trip to Paateri, see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and hike along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In January, plan for daily highs up to -9°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:

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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and Kotka Church. Get a sense of the local culture at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral and Salpa Line Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Kotka (Riverside Park & Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum), Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, stroll through Neitvuori, take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, and hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kouvola holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kouvola takes 5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."