18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Chandigarh
Fly + Drive:  15​h
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Chandigarh

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, then browse the exhibits of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): hike along Santalahti Nature Trail and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka travel itinerary planner .

Chandigarh, India to Kotka is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Chandigarh to Kotka, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trip

Salpa Line Museum
Highlights from your plan
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Kuopio are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Joensuu is known for shopping, parks, museums, adventure, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, and examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Joensuu trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kuopio to Joensuu in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Shopping Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
Highlights from your plan
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and then stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi travel route builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Rovaniemi. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to Naantali Old Town, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Turku sightseeing planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Turku by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

6
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. Pack the 31st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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