53 days in Finland Itinerary

53 days in Finland Itinerary

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53 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Raseborg
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Vaasa
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
7
Levi
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
8
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h
10
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
11
Kouvola
— 6 nights
End: Helsinki

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder website .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Helsinki. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Raseborg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Vantaa, Espoo, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Raseborg

Raseborg ©
Raseborg is a town and municipality of Finland. Popular historic sites such as Bengtskar Lighthouse and Raseborg Castle are in your itinerary. Ekenas Museum and Fagervik Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Raseborg: Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko), Inkoon kirkko (in Inkoo) and Teijo national park (in Pernio). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen, see the interesting displays at Rosala Viking Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Katarinan kirkko.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Raseborg online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Raseborg takes 1.5 hours. In December in Raseborg, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Raseborg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rosala, Inkoo, Tulliniemi Nature Path, Teijo National Park, Pyhan Katarinan kirkko
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 20:
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Bengtskar Lighthouse ©
Bengtskar Lighthouse
Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 21st (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kimito Island trip builder app .

Drive from Raseborg to Kimito Island in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik
Oro ©
Oro

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Appreciate the collections at Turku Castle and Louhisaari Manor. Do some cultural sightseeing at Automobile Museum and Korpo Church. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Nagu Church (in Nagu) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planner .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Automobile Museum, Korpo Church, Nagu Church, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor

7
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Parola Tank Museum and Serlachius Museum Gosta. Get some historical perspective at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing and Serlachius Museum Gustaf. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi), Haemeenlinna (Evo Hiking Area, Palander House, & more) and Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, and explore the world behind art at Hiekka Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Mantta-Vilppula, Parola, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Petajavesi Old Church
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 3:
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Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum
Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

5
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Stundars Museum and Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia. Visit Mustasaaren kirkko and Salgrund Pilot Station for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vaasa: Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia (in Kokkola), Arctic Museum Nanoq (in Pietarsaari) and Carlsro Museum (in Kristiinankaupunki). Spend a day of island exploring on the 4th (Fri) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 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) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kokkola, Carlsro Museum, Stundars Museum, Arctic Museum Nanoq, Salgrund Pilot Station
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Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Sarestoniemi Museum and Taatsin seita. On the 10th (Thu), ski the day away in the pristine settings at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, and experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Levi trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Vaasa to Levi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Kittila, Levi Huskypark
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery ©
LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery
Taatsin seita ©
Taatsin seita

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): make a trip to Snow Village, stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop, and then fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo road trip site .

You can drive from Levi to Akaslompolo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Snow Village, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

6
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Christmas House Santa. You'll explore and learn at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Korundi House of Culture. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Ski Resort Ritavalkea in Pello--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip website .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Rovaniemi when traveling from Akaslompolo in January, with lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Ski Resort Ritavalkea
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Pielisen Museum and Old Mine Mining Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko and Koli Nature Centre Ukko. Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Kuhmo (Wild Taiga & Wilds Piira) and Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni (in Joensuu). Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park vacation planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daytime highs in Koli National Park are -9°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Koli, Kuhmo, Joensuu, Old Mine Mining Museum
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum

6
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Salpa Line Museum and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. Get some historical perspective at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and St. John's Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Riverside Park & Kotka Church), Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savitaipale Church, take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kouvola trip planning website .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kouvola in 5 hours. In January in Kouvola, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina, Lappeenranta, Bunker Museum, Salpa Line Museum
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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