14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6​h 45​min
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Turku
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: London

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 6th (Sat), stop by Your Piece Of Finland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, and then take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour planner .

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Rovaniemi. When traveling from London in October, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
LAURI ©
LAURI
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, hit the slopes at Ruka, then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and finally look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kuusamo online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 11th (Thu), stroll through Kupittaa Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

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You can fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Kuusamo in October, things will get a bit warmer in Turku: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

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#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then get your game on at Portaali VR.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tampere tour itinerary planning app .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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 15th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Ankkapurha Culture Park, then enjoy some diversion at Katariina Seaside Park, and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, don't miss a visit to Stromforsin ruukki, and then kick back and relax at Santalahti Nature Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka road trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Beaches

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Ankkapurha Culture Park
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Ankkapurha Culture Park ©
Ankkapurha Culture Park

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Pieni Suklaatehdas in Porvoo, about 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fortress of Suomenlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Kotka to Helsinki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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