60 days in Finland Itinerary

60 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 9 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 6 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 7 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Inari
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Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Train
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Oulu
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 5 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Bellevue Beach and Aurinkolahti Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to The National Museum of Finland and Katajanokka. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: EKTA museum (in Raseborg) and Gunnarstrand (in Hanko). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Finnish Aviation Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki route site.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Helsinki. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sao Paulo in December; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 10:

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get in touch with nature at Vepsa Island and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Appreciate the collections at Turku Castle and Gallery A. Venture out of the city with trips to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy (in Pernio). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, make a trip to Naantali Old Town, and take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 16:

Pori

— 3 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Shop till you drop at Pori Art Museum and Ruokapuoti Lumo. You'll explore and learn at Villa Mairea and The Old Town Hall Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Pori: Rauma (Marela Museum House, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, steep yourself in history at Palace of Junnelius, get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, and get outside with Yyterin Nakotorni.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pori road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:

Tampere

— 7 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Vapriikin Museokeskus and Galleria Ronga will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Laukko Manor and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa), Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki) and Oravivuori Triangulation Tower (in Korpilahti). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Haihara Art Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Keuruu, and do a tasting at Pihamaa Estate & Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tampere vacation maker.

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Tampere are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 26:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then get great views at Otsamo Fell, and then relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Inari trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Tampere in December, things will get slightly colder in Inari: highs are around -7°C and lows about -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Levi Ski Resort and Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages. Let the collections at Sarestoniemi Museum and Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Muonio (Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park & Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins). There's lots more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, stop by Ounasjoki - River for activities, fly down the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort, and stop by Elan Ski Shop & Rental.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Inari to Levi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 2:

Rovaniemi

— 6 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore hidden gems such as Ranua Zoo and Korundi House of Culture. Rovaniemi Church and Church of Sodankyla will appeal to history buffs. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla), Pentik Hill (in Posio) and Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto). The adventure continues: cast your line with a fishing tour, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and get a taste of local nightlife at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online trip builder.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Rovaniemi, with lows around -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 8:

Oulu

— 5 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Shop till you drop at Kauppahalli and Atelier Gallery Kaikkonen. Get some cultural insight at Haukipudas Church and Kierikkikeskus. Get out of town with these interesting Oulu side-trips: Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii), Hailuoto (Luovon Puoji & Marjaniemi Lighthouse) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, examine the collection at Oulun Automuseo, get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, and contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip itinerary app.

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

Sotkamo

— 2 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 14th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then stroll through Venajanhiekka.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sotkamo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Oulu to Sotkamo in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around -8°C in January, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 15:

Savonlinna

— 5 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Get a sense of the local culture at Olavinlinna Castle and Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus. Appreciate the collections at Savonlinna Provincial Museum and Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma. Get out of town with these interesting Savonlinna side-trips: St. George Church (in Joroinen), Mikkeli (Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli & Mikkeli Rural Parish Church) and Joensuu (Honkaniemi Beach, Taitokortteli, &more). Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Kolovesi National Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Heinaveden kirkko, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, and see the interesting displays at S/S Salama.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna journey planner.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Savonlinna in 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Savonlinna are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

Imatra

— 3 nights
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Do your shopping at Imatran Kalatalo and IsoKristiina. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lappeen Marian kirkko and Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Venture out of the city with trips to Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi (in Puumala) and Lappeenranta (Lappeenranta Fortress, Lappeenrannan raatihuone, &more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach, browse the different shops at Prisma, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Imatra trip planning tool.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:

Kotka

— 4 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. Art Centre Salmela and Kotka Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Lehman and Beach Mansikkalahti. Venture out of the city with trips to Shopping Centre Karisma (in Lahti), Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju) and Ankkapurha Cultural Park (in Anjala). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Aijanniemi Beach, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, pause for some serene contemplation at Kymi Church, and get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kotka attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Kotka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kotka are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 27:

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."