40 days in Finland Itinerary

40 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 5 nights
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Koli National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
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Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Tampere
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Tampere
— 5 nights
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 6 nights
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Helsinki
— 8 nights
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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. Take a break from the city and head to Repovesi National Park and Valkmusa National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Hiidenvuori (in Iitti) and Kouvola (Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area & Tykkimaen Sauna). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Riverside Park, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kokkovuori (Bonfire Mountain), and wander the streets of Linden Esplanade.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kotka road trip site.

Athens, Greece to Kotka is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Athens in July: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Koli National Park

— 6 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Paha-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill. Take a break from Koli National Park with a short trip to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto in Rautavaara, about 1h 45 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, walk around Ainolan Puisto, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, then stroll through Nallikari Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Ruka Safaris Ltd - Day Tours and Karhunkierros. Explore Kuusamo's surroundings by going to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma) and Riisitunturi National Park (in Posio). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kuusamo journey maker tool.

Getting from Oulu to Kuusamo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Pyhatunturi

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Pyhatunturi, do some two-wheel cruising with Luosto Adventures, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Luosto.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi vacation site.

Drive from Kuusamo to Pyhatunturi in 3 hours. In August in Pyhatunturi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get outdoors at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rauhaniemi Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum), Palander House (in Hameenlinna) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Pyhatunturi to Tampere. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): stroll around Kirjurinluoto, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pori trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get in touch with nature at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and VMB Fishing. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Pargas Lime Stone Quarry (in Pargas) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip maker tool.

Getting from Pori to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Helsinki

— 8 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.
Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Pihlajasaari Recreational Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Kaitalampi in Espoo (about 34 minutes away). Pack the 26th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, stop by Katajanokka, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki route app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."