19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  7​h
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
Inari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kotka
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Barcelona

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Katajanokka. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, examine the collection at Design Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip site .

Barcelona, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Barcelona in September, plan for little chillier days and colder nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

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#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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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 11th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: deepen your understanding at Abo Akademi, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vepsa Island.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Turku day trip planning tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

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#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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night
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): experience rural life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Inari visit planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Turku to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Turku in September: high temperatures in Inari hover around 13°C and lows are around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kuusamo.

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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida

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nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi travel route planning tool .

Drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Kuusamo.

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Pilke Science Centre ©
Pilke Science Centre
Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Safaris

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky, and then look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo road trip planning app .

You can take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sotkamo.

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Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

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night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 19th (Wed), head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sotkamo planning website .

You can drive from Kuusamo to Sotkamo in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sotkamo can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Outdoors
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Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and then hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Juuka
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Uhrihalkeama ©
Uhrihalkeama

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

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

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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. On the 23rd (Sun), wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, then contemplate the long history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church, then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, and finally stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kotka trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Kotka sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Hamina, Stromforsin ruukki, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry