49 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Kouvola
— 4 nights
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Kuopio
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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8
Oulu
— 5 nights
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Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Turku
— 5 nights
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11
Tampere
— 6 nights
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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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Town Hall Square in Porvoo--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, walk around The Esplanadi Park, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Brussels to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Brussels in October; daily highs in Helsinki reach 10°C and lows reach 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.
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Kouvola — 4 nights

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail, Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, &more). Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. The adventure continues: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and indulge in some personalized pampering at Tykkimaen Sauna.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola tour builder tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to fly to Kuopio.
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Kuopio — 5 nights

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Explore Kuopio's surroundings by going to Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi), Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara) and Tahko Farmi (in Tahkovuori). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and take in breathtaking views at Orinoro Gorge.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kouvola to Kuopio by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Koli National Park.
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Koli National Park — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Joensuu (Joensuu Church & Utra Beach) and Karu Survival (in Kontiolahti). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Kuopio to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. October in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Kuusamo.
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Kuusamo — 2 nights

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, and finally hike along Kanjonin Kurkkaus Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: take a tour by water with Posioutdoors, then get a taste of life in the country at Kujala Reindeer Farm, then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and finally explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

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You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Koli National Park in November, with highs in Kuusamo at -1°C and lows at -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Levi.
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Levi — 4 nights

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Akaslompolo (Hidden Trails Lapland & Outdoors Yllas) and Muonio (Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins, Sarkitunturi, &more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Foxfires Arctic Spa Sauna Experience, make a trip to Ounasjoki - River for activities, get the adrenaline pumping with Levi Activity Park, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Levi online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In November in Levi, expect temperatures between -3°C during the day and -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rovaniemi.
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Rovaniemi — 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Pyhatunturi and see Pyha-Luosto National Park, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and stop by Arctic Design Shop.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi holiday planning app.

Getting from Levi to Rovaniemi by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Oulu.
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Oulu — 5 nights

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oulu: Raahe Museum (in Raahe), Kalajoen Hiekkasarkat (in Kalajoki) and Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with Finnaction, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, get in on the family fun at Vauhtipuisto, and make a trip to Kierikkikeskus.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oulu road trip tool.

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in November, with highs in Oulu at 1°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Mustasaari.
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Mustasaari — 2 nights

Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, then relax in the rural setting at Aava Kertun Kotitila, then take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Saltkaret.

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

Drive from Oulu to Mustasaari in 5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: VMB Fishing (in Salo), Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Pargas Lime Stone Quarry (in Pargas). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, and learn about all things military at Sa-int Maanpuolustusmuseo.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Turku tour builder.

Getting from Mustasaari to Turku by car takes about 5 hours. November in Turku sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Tampere.
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Tampere — 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna), Palkaneen Kirkko (in Palkane) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November in Tampere, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) 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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