31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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31 days in Finland Itinerary

Cape Town
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
Levi
— 3 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  3​h
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kuhmo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Hamina
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
Cape Town

4
days
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg), Museo Militaria (in Haemeenlinna) and Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church, get engrossed in the history at Alvar Aalto's studio, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday maker .

Cape Town, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 19-hour flight. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Cape Town in March, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Raseborg Castle, Fagervik Museum, Espoo Cathedral, Museo Militaria, Holy Cross Church
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

3
days
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Archipelago National Park and Soderlangvik. Discover out-of-the-way places like Oro and Helsingholm Guest Harbour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kimito Island trip app .

Drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kimito Island can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Tours
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik

3
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Louhisaari Manor. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Teijo national park and Archangel Michael's church. There's still lots to do: deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and browse the exhibits of Ett Hem Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Turku are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Trails

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Teijo national park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
days
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ice Karting Levi. Step out of Levi to go to Muonio and see Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Levi holiday planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Turku in March, expect Levi to be little chillier, temps between 0°C and -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
days
Saariselka

On the 15th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Saariselka tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Levi to Saariselka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Saariselka are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort

3
days
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ruka and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Visiting Kiutakongas Rapids and Hossa National Park will get you outdoors. There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Hossa National Park, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

1
day
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. On the 21st (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Wild Taiga and then look for all kinds of wild species at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kuhmo travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Kuhmo takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuhmo

#Parks, #Wildlife
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

3
days
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Olavinlinna Castle and Tohmajarven kirkko. Get outdoors at Siikalahti Wetland and Punkaharju Ridge. Step out of Savonlinna with an excursion to The Parikkala Sculpture Park in Parikkala--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, and step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

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Getting from Kuhmo to Savonlinna by car takes about 5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Parikkala, Punkaharju, Kerimaki Church, Tohmajarven kirkko
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

3
days
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lammassaari Island and Lappeenranta Fortress. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lappeen Marian kirkko and Taipalsaaren kirkko. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, and get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta travel website .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hamina.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Imatra, Taipalsaaren kirkko
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

3
days
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Salpa Line Museum and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. Take a break from the city and head to Arboretum Mustila and Hiidenvuori. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hamina: Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Ruotsinpyhtaa (Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa & Stromforsin ruukki). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Hamina trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Hamina takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamina

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Ruotsinpyhtaa, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Salpa Line Museum, Hiidenvuori
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

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