42 days in Finland Itinerary

42 days in Finland Itinerary

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42 days in Finland Itinerary

London
Fly:  6​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Lappeenranta
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kuopio
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
Inari
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  2​h 30​min
Levi
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 15​min
London

6
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.
You'll explore and learn at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Get some historical perspective at Mannerheim Museum and Kallio Church. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), wander the streets of Katajanokka, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. Traveling from London in January, expect nights in Helsinki to be little chillier, around -9°C, while days are much colder, around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Cathedral of Porvoo
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma ©

4
days
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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Stromforsin ruukki and Bunker Museum. Visit Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and Main Building of Military School for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III (in Hamina), Lahti (Lahti Art Museum & Radio and TV Museum) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through Linden Esplanade, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Main Church, and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kotka holiday planning site .

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Kotka are -6°C, while nighttime lows are -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Hamina, Lahti, Ruotsinpyhtaa, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Main Church
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

5
days
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Lappeen Marian kirkko and Nuijamaa Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Wolkoff House Museum and South Karelia Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Mikkeli (Pursialan hiidenkirnu & Communications Centre Lokki), Imatra (Lammassaari Island, Church of St. Nicholas, & more) and Ollinmaki Winery (in Anttola). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, don't miss a visit to Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, and steep yourself in history at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings.

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You can drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Imatra, Mikkeli, Ruokolahti, Puumala, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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Lappeenrannan taidemuseo ©
Lappeenrannan taidemuseo
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

2
days
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, take in the history at Salpa Line, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, make a trip to Riihisaari, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner .

Drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

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

4
days
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland and Leppavirta Church. Appreciate the collections at Kuopio Automobile Museum and Riuttala Farmhouse Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuopio: Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara), Nurmes Church (in Nurmes) and Kangasniemi (Kangasniemi Church & Pirtin perinnepuisto). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral, enjoy some friendly competition at Entertainment Center IsoCee, take an in-depth tour of Kuopio War Veteran Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kuopio trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Kuopio, expect temperatures between -8°C during the day and -14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Kangasniemi, Nurmes Church, Leppavirta Church, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Venajanhiekka
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Kuopio Automobile Museum ©
Kuopio Automobile Museum
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral

3
days
Inari

Inari ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gold Prospector Museum and Otsamo Fell. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Saariselka (Action Park & Angry Birds Activity Park).

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Getting from Kuopio to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kuopio in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Inari, with lows of -20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

#Theme Parks, #Fun & Games, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ice Karting Levi and The Sarestoniemi Museum. Popular historic sites such as Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins and Taatsin seita are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: get your game on at Kid's Land, get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark, experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and take an in-depth tour of Samiland.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Levi vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Levi can reach -11°C, while at night they dip to -21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Levi

#Museums, #Theme Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kittila, Kongas, Keimioniemi Fishing Cabins
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Levi Huskypark ©
Levi Huskypark
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

5
days
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visit Bengtskar Lighthouse and Korpo Church for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louhisaari Manor and Rosala Viking Centre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Pargas Church (in Parainen), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Nagu Church (in Nagu). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Marttyyrikeisarinna Aleksandran Kirkko, have fun at Flowpark, and explore the world behind art at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art.

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Do a combination of bus and flight from Levi to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Traveling from Levi in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Turku: highs are around -3°C and lows about -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Parks

Side Trips

Rosala, Pargas Church, Louhisaari Manor, Korpo Church, Bellevue Beach
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Archangel Michael's church ©
Archangel Michael's church
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor
Nagu Church ©
Nagu Church

3
days
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Automobile Museum and Uusikaupunki Old Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Herrainpaivat Beach and The Old Town Hall Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pori: Rauma (Kuuskajaskari, Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, & more) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pori trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Uusikaupunki
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Bonk Museum ©
Bonk Museum
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross
Uusikaupunki Old Church ©
Uusikaupunki Old Church

6
days
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Petajavesi Old Church and Moomin Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas & Wellness and Rauhaniemi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Haemeenlinna (Museo Militaria & Sibelius Birthplace), The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo) (in Kangasala) and Parola Tank Museum (in Parola). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Serlachius Museum Gosta, take an in-depth tour of Serlachius Museum Gustaf, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, and pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

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Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February in Tampere, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Mantta-Vilppula, Parola Tank Museum, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Petajavesi Old Church
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Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum
Serlachius Museum Gosta ©
Serlachius Museum Gosta
Petajavesi Old Church ©
Petajavesi Old Church

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