60 days in Finland Itinerary

60 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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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
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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
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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 Mannerheim Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: EKTA museum (in Raseborg) and Gunnarstrand (in Hanko). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki day trip planning site.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. 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 · Beaches

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 Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Venture out of the city with trips to Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy (in Pernio) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi, take an in-depth tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and view the masterpieces at Turun Taidehalli.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku day trip planning tool.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive 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 Kauppakeskus Puuvilla. You'll explore and learn at Villa Mairea and Marela Museum House. Change things up with these side-trips from Pori: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, head outdoors with Yyterin Nakotorni, admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Junnelius, and get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori day trip website.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. December in Pori sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car 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 Laukko Manor will appeal to museum buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Pihamaa Estate & Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki), Oravivuori Triangulation Tower (in Korpilahti) and Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Keuruu, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the world behind art at Serlachius Museum Gustaf.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tampere road trip planning app.

Drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to 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, don't miss a visit to 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 Pentik Hill. Rovaniemi Church and Church of Sodankyla will appeal to history buffs. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto) and Museum - Gallery Alariesto (in Sodankyla). There's much more to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, get engrossed in the history at Rovaniemi Local History Museum, identify plant and animal life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, and see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Levi in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of -17°C in Rovaniemi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can take a 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 Atelier Gallery Kaikkonen and Luovon Puoji. Get some cultural insight at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus and Marjaniemi Lighthouse. Get out of town with these interesting Oulu side-trips: Raahe Museum (in Raahe) and Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, make a trip to Kierikkikeskus, and examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu sightseeing website.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time 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 · Beaches · Parks

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 Kerimaki Church. Appreciate the collections at S/S Salama and Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma. Get out of town with these interesting Savonlinna side-trips: St. George Church (in Joroinen), Joensuu (Honkaniemi Beach, Taitokortteli, &more) and Mikkeli (Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus, Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, &more). Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Kolovesi National Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and indulge your taste buds at Savonlinna Market Square.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna sightseeing site.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Savonlinna in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · 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 IsoKristiina and Prisma. Your inner history buff will appreciate Lappeen Marian kirkko and Lappeenrannan raatihuone. Venture out of the city with trips to Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi (in Puumala) and Lappeenranta (Lappeenranta Fortress, Sandcastle Lappeenranta, &more). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, stop by Imatran Kalatalo, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and admire the engineering at Imatrankoski.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra online road trip planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Imatra, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive 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 Poikilo - Museums 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), Ankkapurha Cultural Park (in Anjala) and Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Aijanniemi Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Centre Pasaati, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka road trip planner.

Getting from Imatra to Kotka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums · Shopping · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 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."