43 days in Finland Itinerary

43 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 5 nights
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Rauma
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 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.
Get some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum, and steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning site.

Tallinn, Estonia to Helsinki is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April, daytime highs in Helsinki are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kotka

— 3 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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Linden Esplanade and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Ungern and Rosen Fortresses (in Loviisa) and Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). The adventure continues: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, walk around Riverside Park, and take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

Make your Kotka itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Kotka are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Kuopio

— 5 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Riuttala Farmhouse Museum and St. Nikolaos Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor, and admire the masterpieces at Kuopio Art Museum.

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

You can fly from Kotka to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Koli National Park

— 4 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pielisen Museum and Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko. Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Old Mine Mining Museum in Outokumpu--about 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, explore the fascinating underground world of Pirunkirkko, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. May in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step out of Kuusamo to go to Juuma and see Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, get outside with Karhunkierros, surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kuusamo itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Koli National Park in May, with highs in Kuusamo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Korundi House of Culture. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and Raahe Museum. Step out of Oulu with an excursion to Kierikki Stone Age Centre in Yli-Ii--about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, and contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Oulu trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vaasa

— 3 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Stundars Museum and Mustasaaren kirkko. Venture out of the city with trips to Saltkaret (in Mustasaari) and Kuddnas Museum (in Uusikaarlepyy). Spend the 17th (Mon) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Terranova, snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta, and stroll through Ojberget.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Vaasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Vaasa sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

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.
Old Church of Keuruu and Vapriikin Museokeskus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Sara Hilden Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, take in the pleasant sights at Finlayson Area, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip website.

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Rauma

— 2 nights
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 25th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, examine the collection at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rauma Art Museum, then learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Marela Museum House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Bonk Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, and finally stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo.

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You can drive from Tampere to Rauma in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Rauma, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Castle and Louhisaari Manor. When in Turku, make a side trip to see VMB Fishing in Salo, approximately Salo away. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, hike along The Archipelago Trail, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, and admire the masterpieces at Turku Art Museum.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

Getting from Rauma to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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."