32 days in Finland Itinerary

32 days in Finland Itinerary

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32 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
Mustasaari
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Kimito Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Helsinki

7
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.
Bring the kids along to Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Esplanadi Park, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the striking features of Rock Church.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip planning site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Helsinki. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

3
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. Kids will enjoy Lehman and Santalahti Nature Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Repovesi National Park, Valkmusa National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

2
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 4th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip maker website .

Getting from Kotka to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Joensuu (Taitokortteli, Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, & more). Spend the 6th (Mon) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Joensuu
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Taitokortteli ©
Taitokortteli

1
night
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 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally make a trip to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas. On the next day, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Tours, #Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
SantaPark ©
SantaPark

few
hours
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mustasaari sightseeing planner .

Drive from Rovaniemi to Mustasaari in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 12th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, then don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and finally stroll through Yyteri Beach. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, then learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Marela Museum House.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pori trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Mustasaari to Pori in 3 hours. In August in Pori, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

#Museums, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Suolijarvi Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Parola (Holy Cross Church & Parola Tank Museum). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, head outdoors with FUN53 Charter, examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Outdoors

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Parola
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Moomin World and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Korpo Church (in Korpo), ArtBank (in Parainen) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku journey planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, ArtBank, Kurjenrahka National Park, Korpo Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

3
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 22nd (Wed), enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik and then expand your understanding of the military at Oro.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Turku to Kimito Island by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 24th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

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