53 days in Finland Itinerary

53 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
2
Raseborg
— 4 nights
3
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
4
Turku
— 5 nights
5
Tampere
— 7 nights
6
Vaasa
— 5 nights
7
Levi
— 3 nights
8
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
9
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
10
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
11
Kouvola
— 6 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum (in Janakkala). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take an in-depth tour of Museum of Worker Housing (Tyovaenasuntomuseo), browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Laajalahti Nature Reserve.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online travel planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Helsinki. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Raseborg.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Vantaa, Espoo, Laurinmaki Crofter's Museum
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 16:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
nights
Raseborg

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: Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo), Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). 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 °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Raseborg

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rosala, Inkoo, Snappertunan kirkko, Tulliniemi Nature Path, Teijo National Park
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 ©
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.

You can drive from Raseborg to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °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
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Soderlangvik Gard
Soderlangvik Gard
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Turku Castle and Kylamaki Village of Living History. Popular historic sites such as Turku Cathedral and Archangel Michael's church are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen), Automobile Museum (in Uusikaupunki) and Nagu Church (in Nagu). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, enjoy the music at Sibeliusmuseum, explore the world behind art at Turku Art Museum, and kick back and relax at Vepsa Island.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Korpo Church, Louhisaari Manor, Automobile Museum, Kurjenrahka National Park, Nagu Church
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Petajavesi Old Church. Popular historic sites such as Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Aleksanterin Kirkko are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Hameenlinna (Evo Hiking Area, Palander House, &more), Mantta-Vilppula (Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art & Serlachius Museum Gustaf) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, get engrossed in the history at Hiekka Art Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach °C, while at night they dip to °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), Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum
Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art ©
Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

5
nights
Vaasa

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 Carlsro Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaasa: Kokkola (Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum & Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum) and Salgrund Pilot Station (in Kaskinen). 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, get outside with Setterbergin Puisto, and view the masterpieces at Tikanoja Art Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa day trip planning site.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Vaasa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kokkola, Carlsro Museum, Arctic Museum Nanoq, Raippaluodon Silta, Stundars Museum
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
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Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sarestoniemi Museum and LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Levi to Kittila to see Taatsin seita about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 10th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Kids' Land, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and join the crowd at Icekarting Levi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Levi vacation planner.

You can fly from Vaasa to Levi in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Vaasa in January, things will get little chillier in Levi: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kittila, Sarestoniemi Museum, Levi Huskypark
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
Taatsin seita ©
Taatsin seita

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 13th (Sun), make a trip to Lapland Hotels SnowVillage, thenlook 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 °C and lows of °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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Lapland Hotels SnowVillage
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage ©
Lapland Hotels SnowVillage

6
nights
Rovaniemi

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 Rovaniemi Local History Museum 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, examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, 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 °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

Side Trip

Ski Resort Ritavalkea
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:
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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 ©
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 Old Mine Mining Museum. You'll explore and learn at Koli Nature Centre Ukko and Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko (in Joensuu) and Kuhmo (Wild Taiga & Wilds Piira). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, make a trip to Paateri, look for all kinds of wild species at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °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, Joensuu, Kuhmo, Old Mine Mining Museum
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
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. 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 St. John's Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Bunker Museum (in Virolahti), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Kotka (Riverside Park & Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, tour the pleasant surroundings at Neitvuori, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola, and trek along Hiidenvuori.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kouvola trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kouvola in 5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kouvola are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina, Lappeenranta, Neitvuori, Bunker Museum
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum

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