38 days in Finland Itinerary

38 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Kuusamo
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Kuusamo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly
7
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Zakynthos

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Johannes Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa) and Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop - Tehtaanmyymala, Porvoo Old Town, &more). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning website.

Zakynthos, Greece to Helsinki is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. While traveling from Zakynthos, expect colder days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Imatra Waterfall and Olavinlinna Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Imatra: Kummakivi Boulder (in Ruokolahti), Lappeenranta (Milano Fashion Centre & Lappeenranta Fortress) and Savonlinna (Boat Tours & Water Sports, Pikkukirkko, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Lempukka Beach, stop by Imatran Kalatalo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and explore the wide array of goods at Prisma.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Imatra online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Helsinki to Imatra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Helsinki in December, plan for little chillier days in Imatra, with highs around 0°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Kuusamo.
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Kuusamo — 4 nights

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Ruka and Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours. Explore Kuusamo's surroundings by going to Salla (Salla Wilderness Park & Salla Ski Resort) and Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio). There's lots more to do: tour along fresh powder with Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours, stop by Riipisen, explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Imatra to Kuusamo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Kuusamo when traveling from Imatra in January, with lows around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.
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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 Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Venture out of the city with trips to Ranua (Ranua Zoo & Ranua-Revontuli Oy). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, and examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Levi.
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kids' Land and Lapland Hotels SnowVillage. Take a break from Levi with a short trip to Hidden Trails Lapland in Akaslompolo, about 58 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Sat) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Levi online route planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Levi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.
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Saariselka — 3 nights

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Explore hidden gems such as Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort and Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Venture out of the city with trips to Inari (Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center & Otsamo Fell). Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Saariselka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, push the limits with an extreme tour, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saariselka trip planner.

Getting from Levi to Saariselka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. January in Saariselka sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly to Turku.
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Turku — 5 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: ArtBank (in Pargas) and Rauma (Vanha Raatihuone, Old Rauma, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Kuusisto Manor, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Turku using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Turku takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in January, expect Turku to be a bit warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Tampere.
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Tampere — 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vapriikin Museokeskus and Yyteri Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Gegwen Getaways (in Lempaala) and Pori (Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo & Juselius Mausoleum). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, go for a walk through Finlayson Area, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tampere road trip website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach -5°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.
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Finland travel guide

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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."
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