32 days in Finland Itinerary

32 days in Finland Itinerary

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32 days in Finland Itinerary

Perth
Fly:  25​h
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
Inari
— 3 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
Perth

3
days
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. Escape the urban bustle at Arboretum Mustila and Hiidenvuori. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Riverside Park (in Kotka).

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kouvola travel website .

Perth, Australia to Kouvola is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Perth to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Perth in August since evenings lows in Kouvola dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Valkmusa National Park, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Arboretum Mustila, Riverside Park, Hiidenvuori
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

2
days
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 20th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sammonlahden Church, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and then step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra journey tool .

You can drive from Kouvola to Imatra in 1.5 hours. August in Imatra sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lappeenranta
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums

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Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

4
days
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Take a break from the city and head to Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Pielinen. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ukko-Koli Hill and Paha-Koli Hill. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka) and Tahko Farmi (in Tahkovuori).

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trips

Paalasmaan Surukivi, Tahko Farmi
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Paalasmaan Surukivi ©
Paalasmaan Surukivi

2
days
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then explore the striking landscape of Venajanhiekka. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Vuokatinvaara and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sotkamo road trip site .

Drive from Koli National Park to Sotkamo in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Sotkamo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Venajanhiekka, Vuokatinvaara
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Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Hiukka ©
Hiukka
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

2
days
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 29th (Thu), stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then head outdoors with Karhunkierros, then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and finally relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in August, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

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

3
days
Inari

Inari ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Visiting Lemmenjoki National Park and Inari Reindeerfarm will get you outdoors.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Inari holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Trails

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari

2
days
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, then contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, then step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn vacation maker site .

Getting from Inari to Mariehamn by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Traveling from Inari in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Mariehamn: highs are around 18°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Sund, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar
Bomarsund ©
Bomarsund

4
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of the city life by going to Teijo national park and Vepsa Island. Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Nagu Church. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, and delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Turku trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Rauma, Teijo national park, Nagu Church, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

2
days
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 10th (Tue), visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Soderlangvik and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

4
days
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 Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and National Museum of Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Pack the 13th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki journey maker .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

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Nuuksio National Park
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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