60 days in Finland Itinerary

60 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 2 nights
Fly
10
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly
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Vaasa
— 5 nights
Train
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Tampere
— 6 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Helsinki is 5 hours. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in December: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 3°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 7:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (Marela Museum House, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more) and Pargas (Pargas Lime Stone Quarry & Pargas Church). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, pedal to the sights with Bike Rental - by Carfield, soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Turku sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:

Kotka

— 5 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Loviisan kirkko (in Loviisa), Hevoshaan Arboretum (in Kouvola) and Marian Kirkko (in Hamina). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, steep yourself in history at Kotka Church, and don't miss a visit to Main Building of Military School.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka vacation planning website.

Drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kotka are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Mikkeli side-trips: Jyvaskyla (Kuokkalan silta & University of Jyvaskyla), Imatra (Lempukka Beach, Imatran Kalatalo, &more) and Puumala (Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi, Lake Saimaa, &more). There's lots more to do: get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, hike along Paijatsalo Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, and do a tasting at Pihamaa Estate & Winery.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mikkeli tour builder website.

You can drive from Kotka to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daytime highs in Mikkeli are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

Kuopio

— 5 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Sahis Aki resort (in Viitasaari), Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi) and Rukajarvi-keskus (in Iisalmi). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kuopio road trip website.

Getting from Mikkeli to Kuopio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 27:

Koli National Park

— 5 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 (Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, Joensuu Church, &more) and Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and make a trip to Paateri.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In December in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:

Oulu

— 5 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oulu: Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii), Raahe Museum (in Raahe) and Marjaniemi Lighthouse (in Hailuoto). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, get a taste of the local shopping with Atelier Gallery Kaikkonen, and get curious at Tietomaa.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oulu road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach -7°C, while at night they dip to -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 6:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for wildlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, wander the wide-open spaces of Orbas Reindeer Farm, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Oulu in January: highs in Rovaniemi hover around -10°C, while lows dip to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:

Levi

— 2 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi, then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, and finally make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Levi road trip planning website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Levi, with lows of -21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Trails · Winter Sports · Adventure · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 13:

Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Inari is known for museums, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Juutua Nature Trail, get outside with Lake Inari, relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Inari day trip planning site.

Getting from Levi to Inari by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Inari are -11°C, while nighttime lows are -20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Trails · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 16:

Vaasa

— 5 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Explore Vaasa's surroundings by going to Saltkaret (in Mustasaari), Seinajoki (Civil Guard and Lotta Museum, Seinajoki Library, &more) and Kokkola (Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum & K.H. Renlund Museum). Spend the 17th (Sun) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ojberget, examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, and make a trip to Kaupungintalo - City Hall.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vaasa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Vaasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, Vaasa is a bit warmer than Inari - with highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

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: The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola), Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto, Hameenlinna Art Museum, &more) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tampere online tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 27:

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."