35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Seattle
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Lahti
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
8
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Seattle

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi), Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get curious at Pilke Science Centre, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Seattle, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Seattle to Rovaniemi is 10 hours. Traveling from Seattle in September, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around 53°F and lows about 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Ranua Zoo, Amethyst Mine Lapland
Highlights from your plan
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Oulu is known for shopping, beaches, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, walk around Ainolan Puisto, grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Oulu online attractions planner.

Take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Haukipudas Church, Koitelinkoski
Highlights from your plan
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Koitelinkoski ©
Koitelinkoski
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret, snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta, examine the collection at Terranova, thensee the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally cool off at Tropiclandia.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vaasa online trip maker.

Drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Mustasaari
Highlights from your plan
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum
Raippaluodon Silta ©
Raippaluodon Silta

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) & Yyteri Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tampere online sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Visavuori
Highlights from your plan
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Pyynikki's Swim Hall ©
Pyynikki's Swim Hall

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of Turku to go to Rauma and see Old Rauma, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku online road trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Old Rauma
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Venture out of the city with trips to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, let the kids burn off some steam at Laune Central Park, admire the striking features of Lahti City Hall, and enjoy some diversion at Lahti Sports Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Lahti trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Lahti in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Lahti, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kouvola, Church of Hollola
Highlights from your plan
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Laune Central Park ©
Laune Central Park

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joensuu: Koli National Park (Pielinen & Ukko-Koli Hill) and Kerimaki (Salpa Line & Kerimaki Church). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, don't miss a visit to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and admire the natural beauty at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Joensuu trip builder.

Traveling by car from Lahti to Joensuu takes 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Joensuu are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

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

3
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. Kotka is known for parks, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, and stroll around Riverside Park.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kotka visit site.

You can drive from Joensuu to Kotka in 4.5 hours. October in Kotka sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

5
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 Espoo away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

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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