43 days in Finland Itinerary

43 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Train
5
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive
7
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive
11
Vaasa
— 3 nights
Train
12
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
13
Hameenlinna
— 3 nights
Drive
14
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
15
Espoo
— 2 nights
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Helsinki — 4 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The National Museum of Finland and Mannerheim Museum. Kansallisgalleria and Sea Fortress Suomenlinna will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Katajanokka, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Finnish Aviation Museum, and contemplate the long history of The Aalto House.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Helsinki is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Jeddah in November, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 5°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Saariselka — 1 night

Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka trip planning site.

Fly from Helsinki to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in November, expect Saariselka to be little chillier, temps between -3°C and -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Levi.
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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.
On the 30th (Tue), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: bet on your favorite at Icekarting Levi and then take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Levi road trip site.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Levi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. November in Levi sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.
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Rovaniemi — 2 nights

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 2nd (Thu), stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then join in the after-dark buzz at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church and then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi online attractions planner.

You can drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Oulu.
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Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games · Nightlife
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Oulu — 3 nights

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Haukipudas Church and Oulu Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Raahe Museum and Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: stroll through Nallikari Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take an exotic tour of Outdoors Oulu Oy.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Oulu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Rovaniemi in December; daily highs in Oulu reach -2°C and lows reach -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kajaani.
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Kajaani — 1 night

Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 7th (Tue), see what you can catch with Luonnollisesti Oulujarvi and then explore the world behind art at Kajaani art museum.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kajaani trip planner.

Getting from Oulu to Kajaani by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Kajaani are -4°C, while nighttime lows are -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.
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Wildlife · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
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Koli National Park — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Utra Beach and Koli Relax Spa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Myllymuseo and Parppeinvaaran Runokyla. Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Mohko Ironworks Museum (in Ilomantsi) and Joensuu (Honkaniemi Beach & Kauppakeskus Iso Myy). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planning site.

You can drive from Kajaani to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -3°C, and evening lows to -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lappeenranta.
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Lappeenranta — 4 nights

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Head to Johanna Oras Art Gallery and Art Centre Salmelafor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Lempukka Beach and Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola. Go for a jaunt from Lappeenranta to Anttola to see Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress and buy something for everyone on your list at IsoKristiina.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta tour planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Lappeenranta takes 4 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jyvaskyla.
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Jyvaskyla — 4 nights

Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vitikkala Manor and The Alvar Aalto Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Art Center Haihatus and Panda Factory Outlet. Venture out of the city with trips to Oravivuori Triangulation Tower (in Korpilahti) and Keuruu (Church of Keuruu & Old Church of Keuruu). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko).

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla day trip site.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Jyvaskyla in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a bus. In December in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.
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Mustasaari — 1 night

Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mustasaari day trip app.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Mustasaari takes 4 hours. In December in Mustasaari, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. You will leave for Vaasa on the 20th (Mon).
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Vaasa — 3 nights

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tikanoja Art Museum and Salgrund Pilot Station. Explore hidden gems such as Hietasaaren uimaranta and Bock’s Corner Brewery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaasa: Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava) and Kyro Distillery Company (in Isokyro).

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Vaasa in an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.
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Tampere — 4 nights

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visit Yyteri Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta for some beach relaxation. Do your shopping at Laukko Manor and Hameenkatu. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, tour the pleasant surroundings at Suolijarvi Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna, and explore the world behind art at Haihara Art Centre.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tampere route maker.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hameenlinna.
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Hameenlinna — 3 nights

Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kinnarin Tila & Pioni Ja Piironki and Sibelius Hall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Vierumaki – Sport Institute of Finland. When in Hameenlinna, make a side trip to see Shopping Centre Karisma in Lahti, approximately Lahti away. There's more to do: take a stroll around Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Hameenlinna day trip tool.

You can drive from Tampere to Hameenlinna in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hameenlinna are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Turku.
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Turku — 4 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Head to Turun Kauppahalli and Turun Taidehallifor plenty of shopping. You'll get in some beach time at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Turku travel site.

Traveling by car from Hameenlinna to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Espoo.
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Espoo — 2 nights

Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Espoo Cathedral, explore the world behind art at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, and then have fun and explore at Leikki – the Museum of Play.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Espoo visit planner.

Getting from Turku to Espoo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Espoo can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can 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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