20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tijuana
Fly:  26​h
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
Inari
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 45​min
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Tijuana

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. On the 3rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation, delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Center Veturi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head off the coast to Haapasaari Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Lehman, and then explore the galleries of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kotka trip builder .

Tijuana, Mexico to Kotka is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Tijuana in October: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 8°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trip

Kouvola
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Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 5th (Fri), examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Savonlinna trip builder tool .

Getting from Kotka to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Shopping

Side Trips

Salpa Line, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at The Predator Center in Kuusamo and then head outdoors with Karhunkierros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Julma Olkky, then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and finally take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip planner .

You can fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Savonlinna in October, things will get little chillier in Kuusamo: highs are around 3°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Outdoors
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Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Siida, experience rural life at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then surround yourself with nature on Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Inari are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Inari

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida ©
Siida
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Old Rauma. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bellevue Beach and Kauppakeskus Mylly. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma) and Rosala (Bengtskar Lighthouse & Rosala Viking Centre). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turku online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Turku in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in October, expect Turku to be somewhat warmer, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trips

Rauma, Rosala, Bellevue Beach, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Get in touch with nature at Ekenas Archipelago National Park and Nuuksio National Park. There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Helsinki tour itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Ekenas Archipelago National Park
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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