61 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Kotka
— 5 nights
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Kuopio
— 6 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 5 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Drive
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Luosto
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 4 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 6 nights
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Tampere
— 6 nights
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Vaasa
— 5 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.
Helsinki is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Helsinki. In November, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Kotka.
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Kotka — 5 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. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Kouvola (The Sippola church & Tykkimaen Sauna), Marian Kirkko (in Hamina) and Lappeenranta (Milano Fashion Centre & MyGoodKnife). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, get into the urban bustle at Ankkapurha Cultural Park, get engrossed in the history at The Town Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Kotka Sculpture Promenade.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kotka day trip app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in December, with highs in Kotka at -1°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Kuopio.
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Kuopio — 6 nights

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to St. George Church (in Joroinen), Pieksamaen Veturitallit (in Pieksamaki) and Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo (in Varkaus). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at Southern Konnevesi National park. There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and make a trip to Tahkon Portaat.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuopio online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Kotka to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kuopio are -3°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Joensuu.
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Joensuu — 3 nights

Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Joensuu: Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu), Ilomantsi (Mohko Ironworks Museum & Parppeinvaaran Runokyla) and Riihisaari (in Savonlinna). There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with Karu Survival, examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, tour the pleasant surroundings at Utra Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Joensuu day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) 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 a short trip to Tulikiven Kivikyla in Juuka (about 32 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Ukko-Koli, explore the activities along Neitikoski Rapids, look for all kinds of wild species at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park day trip planning site.

You can drive from Joensuu to Koli National Park in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach -3°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Oulu.
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Oulu — 5 nights

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oulu: Hepokongas (in Puolanka), Kalajoen Hiekkasarkat (in Kalajoki) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, engage your brain at Tietomaa, and admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Oulu trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the train 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Korouoma Canyon (in Posio), Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Ranua Zoo (in Ranua). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Forestry Museum of Lapland, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, and explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planning site.

Take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Oulu in December, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around -6°C and lows about -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Luosto.
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Luosto — 1 night

Nestled among vast forests and fells, Luosto represents a small idyllic resort village set on the edge of Pyha-Luosto National Park.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get out on two wheels at Luosto Adventures, then take in breathtaking views at Isokuru, and then go deep underground at Amethyst Mine Lapland.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Luosto trip builder website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Luosto in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Rovaniemi in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -22°C in Luosto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can 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: Sarkitunturi (in Muonio), Hidden Trails Lapland (in Akaslompolo) and Sarestoniemi Museum (in Kaukonen). Spend the 5th (Thu) on two wheels at Levi Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, find something for the whole family at Levi Huskypark, and take some stellar pictures from Huippupolku, Peak Trail in Levi.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Levi online road trip planner.

You can drive from Luosto to Levi in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. January in Levi sees daily highs of -11°C and lows of -21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.
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Saariselka — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then stroll through Ruijanpolku Trail, then fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, and finally see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum. On the next day, hike along Juutua Nature Trail, then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Saariselka, expect temperatures between -11°C during the day and -20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Turku.
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Turku — 6 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: Rauma (Vanha Raatihuone, The Old Town Hall Museum, &more), Salo (VMB Fishing & Mathildedalin Kylapanimo) and Pargas (Pargas Church & ArtBank). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Turku online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Saariselka to Turku in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saariselka in January, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between -3°C and -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Karkisten Silta (in Jyvaskyla), Hoyry Galleria (in Korpilahti) and Hameenlinna (Hameenlinnan Kaupungin Raatihuone, Ahvenisto, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, look for gifts at Tammelantori, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Vaasa.
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Vaasa — 5 nights

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Mustasaari (Saltkaret & Aava Kertun Kotitila), Seinajoki (Aalto Center of Seinajoki & Etela-Pohjanmaan Traktorimuseo) and Isonkyron Vanha Kirkko (in Isokyro). Spend the 24th (Tue) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Stundars Museum, don't miss a visit to Kaupungintalo - City Hall, contemplate the long history of Soderfjardenin Meteoriihi, and look and learn at Meteoriihi.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vaasa trip planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Vaasa sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly 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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