60 days in Finland Itinerary

60 days in Finland Itinerary

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60 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Oulu
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Sotkamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Koli National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Kouvola
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Turku
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Tampere
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Vaasa
— 6 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Saariselka
— 2 nights
10
Levi
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
11
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Rovaniemi
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Oulu

3
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Get outdoors at Venajanhiekka and Boreal Wildlife Centre. Get a sense of the local culture at Rukajarvi-keskus and Jyrkkakosken Ruukki. Take a break from Sotkamo with a short trip to Bowling Center Keilaukko in Hyrynsalmi, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Hiukka, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti, get great views at Vuokatinvaara, and enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sotkamo trip planner.

Oulu to Sotkamo is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Jyrkkakosken Ruukki, Rukajarvi-keskus, Bowling Center Keilaukko, Boreal Wildlife Centre
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre
Hiukka ©
Hiukka

7
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Visiting Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pielisen Museum and Koli Nature Centre Ukko. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka), Joensuu (Utra Beach, Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, & more) and Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Joensuu, Koli, Paalasmaan Surukivi, Old Mine Mining Museum
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 12:
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

5
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Relax by the water at Beach Mansikkalahti and Lammassaari Island. Visiting Arboretum Mustila and Lempukka Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Kotka (Kotka Church, Riverside Park, & more), Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa) and Church of St. Nicholas (in Imatra). On the 15th (Sat), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Mielakka Ski Center. And it doesn't end there: hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Kouvola in 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Koli National Park in December, with highs in Kouvola at 0°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kotka, Imatra, Lappeenranta, Arboretum Mustila, Bunker Museum
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

8
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 The Esplanadi Park. Visit Rock Church and Kamppi Chapel of Silence for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen (in Raseborg), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and stroll through Hietaranta Beach.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning app .

Take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Helsinki sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Espoo, Vantaa, Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen, Fagervik Museum
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island online route builder .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Adventure
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

7
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Automobile Museum and Louhisaari Manor. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Teijo national park (in Pernio) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner .

Getting from Kimito Island to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Teijo national park, Kurjenrahka National Park, Automobile Museum, Louhisaari Manor
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 3:
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

7
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Let the collections at Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum and Mediamuseo Rupriikki capture your imagination. Relax by the water at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Pori (Yyteri Beach & Herrainpaivat Beach), Parola (Holy Cross Church & Parola Tank Museum) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, explore the world behind art at Hiekka Art Museum, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Tampere tour itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Pori, Parola, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 10:
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum

6
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Stundars Museum and Terranova are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vaasa: Kokkola (Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, Roos House - K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, & more) and Wolf Cave (in Karijoki).

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Kokkola, Wolf Cave, Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, Stundars Museum
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:
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2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Popular historic sites such as Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort. Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Siida in Inari, about 1h 05 min away.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Saariselka day trip website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Vaasa to Saariselka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Vaasa in January, expect Saariselka to be little chillier, temps between -11°C and -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 19:
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Siida ©
Siida

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): whizz through the canopy at Levi Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): stroll through Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Kid's Land.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Levi itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Levi, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Adventure Trails
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Scandinavian Adventures and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo holiday builder site .

Traveling by car from Levi to Akaslompolo takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 23:
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

7
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore and learn at Arktikum and Christmas House Santa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa's House of Snowmobiles and Rovaniemi Church. Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi travel route planner .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Akaslompolo in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Kopara Reindeer Park
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 30:
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

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