59 days in Finland Itinerary

59 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Helsinki
— 9 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Rukatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 7 nights
Drive
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Tornio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pello
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 6 nights
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Tampere
— 8 nights
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Turku
— 8 nights
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Helsinki

— 9 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Porvoo (Kokonniemi, Söderskärin majakka, &more). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and make a trip to Senate Square.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki online vacation planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg in January, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 10:

Koli National Park

— 6 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Joensuu (Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, Joensuu Church, &more) and Kuopio (Kuopio Harbor, St. Nikolaos Cathedral, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Ukko-Koli, take some stellar pictures from Rylays Hill, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park online tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. In January, Koli National Park is slightly colder than Helsinki - with highs of -9°C and lows of -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rukatunturi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:

Rukatunturi

— 1 night
On the 17th (Tue), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and finally examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rukatunturi online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rukatunturi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in January, Rukatunturi is little chillier at night with lows of -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Rukatunturi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 17:

Rovaniemi

— 7 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi--about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip maker tool.

Getting from Rukatunturi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -10°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Tornio.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 17 — 24:

Tornio

— 2 nights
Tornio is a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, then play a few rounds at Tornio Golf, and then have some family-friendly fun at Duudsonit Activity Park - TornioHaparanda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Kukkolankoski, then see what you can catch with Nordic Safaris, then enjoy breathtaking views from Tornion vesitorni, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley.

Plan my day in Tornio using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Tornio takes 2 hours. In January in Tornio, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Pello.

Things to do in Tornio

Theme Parks · Fun & Games · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 26:

Pello

— 2 nights
Pello is a municipality of Finland.It is located approximately north of the Arctic Circle in the western part of the province of Lapland, and is part of the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): hit the slopes at Ski Resort Ritavalkea. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Maupertuis Memorial and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Soulmate Huskies.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pello tour planner.

Traveling by car from Tornio to Pello takes 2 hours. Traveling from Tornio in January, things will get a bit cooler in Pello: highs are around -12°C and lows about -20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Pello

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 28:

Levi

— 5 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore Levi's surroundings by going to Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo) and Kittila (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Lapland Hotels SnowVillage). Spend the 29th (Sun) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: get your game on at Kids' Land, stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental, get great views at Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi, and fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi planning site.

Drive from Pello to Levi in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -11°C in January, and nighttime lows around -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

Inari

— 4 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Venture out of the city with trips to Saariselka (Ruijanpolku Trail, Hippupuoti Gift Shop, &more). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get great views at Otsamo Fell, relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, and get outside with Lake Inari.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Inari tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Levi to Inari by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In February in Inari, expect temperatures between -6°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 6:

Vaasa

— 6 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vaasa: Saltkaret (in Mustasaari), Isokyro (Isonkyron Vanha Kirkko & Kyro Distillery Company) and Pietarsaari (Arctic Museum Nanoq & Aspegrens Rosenlund). Spend the 7th (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Ojberget, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, enjoy breathtaking views from Soderfjardenin Meteoriihi, and examine the collection at Stundars Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Vaasa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Inari to Vaasa takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, Vaasa is somewhat warmer than Inari - with highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:

Tampere

— 8 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Hameenlinna (Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone & Ahvenisto), Himos Ski Resort (in Jamsa) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Tea Shop Veistrom, examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, make a trip to Hoyry Galleria, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in February, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 20:

Turku

— 8 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Rauma (Old Rauma, Ruokapuoti Lumo, &more), Salo (VMB Fishing & Mathildedalin Kylapanimo) and ArtBank (in Pargas). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

Plan my trip to Turku with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Turku are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 20 — 28:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."