52 days in Finland Itinerary

52 days in Finland Itinerary

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52 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
+3
bus + train + Fly + bus:  7​h
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Posio
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Rantasalmi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Jyvaskyla
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Pori
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Mustasaari
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Kouvola
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Lahti
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

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.
Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). Pack the 10th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Old Market Hall, browse the different shops at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and stop by Marimekko.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip app .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Helsinki is minus 8 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

Espoo, Flamingo Entertainment Centre
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
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Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Sibeliusmuseum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Kimito Island online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kimito Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Turku
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum ©
Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Get outdoors at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lake Inari. Change things up with these side-trips from Saariselka: Inari (Juutua Nature Trail & Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus). On the 14th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Saariselka trip website .

Traveling by combination of bus, train, and flight from Kimito Island to Saariselka takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In June, Saariselka is slightly colder than Kimito Island - with highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Saariselka

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

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Inari
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, then experience rural life at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, and then get outside with Seven Fells Up. On your second day here, glide through natural beauty at Levi Ski Resort.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Akaslompolo trip planner .

Drive from Saariselka to Akaslompolo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Posio.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

Side Trips

Levi, Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi

2
nights
Posio

Posio ©
Posio is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Riisitunturi National Park. On the next day, stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, hit the slopes at Ruka, and then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Posio tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Posio in 4 hours. June in Posio sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Posio

#Parks, #Nature, #Winter Sports

Side Trip

Kuusamo
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Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Step out of the city life by going to Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Hiidenportti National Park. Go for a jaunt from Koli National Park to Joensuu to see Kolvananuuro about 38 minutes away.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Posio to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Hiidenportti National Park, Kolvananuuro
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

3
nights
Rantasalmi

Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Popular historic sites such as Olavinlinna Castle and Mikkeli Cathedral are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Savonlinna Cathedral and St. George Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Anjan Puisto (in Mikkeli) and Savonlinna (Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, Savonlinna Provincial Museum, & more). Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Linnansaari National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Rantasalmi travel planner .

Getting from Koli National Park to Rantasalmi by car takes about 3 hours. In June in Rantasalmi, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Savonlinna, Mikkeli, St. George Church
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

5
nights
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Step out of the city life by going to Pyha-Hakki National Park and Southern Konnevesi National park. Go for a jaunt from Jyvaskyla to Joutsa to see Leivonmaki National Park about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nyrolan luontopolku, admire the masterpieces at Jyvaskyla Art Museum, find something for the whole family at Nokkakivi Amusement Park, and see the interesting displays at The Craft Museum of Finland.

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Getting from Rantasalmi to Jyvaskyla by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Southern Konnevesi National park, Nokkakivi Amusement Park, Pyha-Hakki National Park, Leivonmaki National Park
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Leivonmaki National Park ©
Leivonmaki National Park
Nyrolan luontopolku ©
Nyrolan luontopolku

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some cultural insight at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Holy Cross Church. Visiting Suolijarvi Beach and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti) and Haemeenlinna (Sibelius Center & Sibelius Birthplace). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, take an in-depth tour of Milavida Museo, don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, and enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

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

Take a train from Jyvaskyla to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Haemeenlinna, Laukko Manor, Holy Cross Church, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

5
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Rauma and Koylio Church. Get some cultural insight at The Church of the Holy Cross and Isokari Lighthouse. Explore Pori's surroundings by going to Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya), Kauppakeskus Mylly (in Raisio) and Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park (in Huittinen). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, and stroll through Kirjurinluoto.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pori online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Pori are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Koylio Church, Isokari Lighthouse, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park

3
nights
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Get outdoors at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Hietasaaren uimaranta. Venture out of the city with trips to Vaasa (Edvinin Taidepuisto Ja Korsukyla, Kaupungintalo - City Hall, & more). There's still lots to do: trek along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail and take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

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Traveling by car from Pori to Mustasaari takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Vaasa, Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Raippaluodon Silta ©
Raippaluodon Silta

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get in touch with nature at Repovesi National Park and Haapasaari Island. Get a sense of the local culture at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Kotka (Lehman, Linden Esplanade, & more).

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kouvola trip itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Mustasaari to Kouvola. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Lahti.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches

Side Trips

Kotka, Valkmusa National Park, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in panoramic vistas at Padasjoen Tuomastornit, trek along Paijanne-Ilves Trail, then take a stroll around Sibelius Hall, and finally admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Hohtokeila Lahti and then hit the slopes at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lahti travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Lahti in an hour. In July, daytime highs in Lahti are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Lahti

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports

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Padasjoki, Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Hohtokeila Lahti ©
Hohtokeila Lahti

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