60 days in Finland Itinerary

60 days in Finland Itinerary

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60 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  13​h
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Jyvaskyla
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Kuopio
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Lieksa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Joensuu
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Mikkeli
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Kouvola
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
10
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
11
Levi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

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

Toronto, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Toronto to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

King's Road, Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

6
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, & more), Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Turku trip planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Turku, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali, Bonk Museum, Suomen Huvilupa Oy, Louhisaari Manor
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor

6
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Parola (Parola Tank Museum & Holy Cross Church), Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Palander House) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, get your game on at PortaaliVR, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki.

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You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Tampere, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Parola, Hameenlinna, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Kallenaution Kievari
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

5
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Change things up with these side-trips from Jyvaskyla: Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula) and Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Vitikkala Manor, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Jyvaskyla, have some family-friendly fun at Liikelataamo, and examine the collection at Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla trip itinerary builder website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Korpilahti, Liikelataamo, Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, Vitikkala Manor, Sahis Aki resort
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
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Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art ©
Liikelataamo ©
Liikelataamo
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Kuopio side-trips: Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi), Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula) and Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara). There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral, contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, and examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio road trip app .

You can take a train from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach -8°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Southern Konnevesi National park, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:
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Room Escape Games
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

5
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Take a break from Lieksa with a short trip to Myllymuseo in Juuka, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ukko-Koli, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and take some stellar pictures from Rylays Hill.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lieksa trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Lieksa takes 3 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach -8°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Myllymuseo
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 3:
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

5
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joensuu: Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum (in Punkaharju), Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and Koli (Koli Shop Retkitupa & Koli Nature Centre Ukko). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Pielinen, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Joensuu travel route planner.

Getting from Lieksa to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli, Riihisaari, Kolovesi National Park, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Find places to stay Feb 3 — 8:
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

5
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Mikkeli: Imatra (Imatrankoski, Tainionkosken Church, & more), Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna) and Puumala (Puumalan Lake, Lietvesi Scenic Road, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, identify plant and animal life at Neitvuori, and get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli day trip website .

You can drive from Joensuu to Mikkeli in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in February, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Puumala, Imatra, Olavinlinna Castle, Kummakivi Boulder, St. George Church
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:
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Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Neitvuori ©
Neitvuori

4
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Wolkoff House Museum (in Lappeenranta), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park, stroll around Riverside Park, get engrossed in the history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and contemplate the long history of Kotka Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kouvola trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mikkeli to Kouvola by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In February in Kouvola, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Wolkoff House Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Woikosken Automuseo, Salpa Line Museum
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Saariselka: Inari (Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, Juutua Nature Trail, & more).

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kouvola to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Kouvola in February, things will get slightly colder in Saariselka: highs are around -6°C and lows about -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Inari
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 20:
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). There's much more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort, have fun at Kids' Land, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Levi trip planning site .

You can fly from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Levi sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Seven Fells Up, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

5
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Venture out of the city with trips to Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto) and Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi). There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi online tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Amethyst Mine Lapland, Pyhatunturi
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 28:
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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