59 days in Finland Itinerary

59 days in Finland Itinerary

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59 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 30​min
3
Tampere
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Pori
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Mustasaari
— 4 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Lappeenranta
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Kotka
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Get out of town with these interesting Akaslompolo side-trips: Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm (in Sirkka), Snow Village (in Kittila) and Levi (Ice Karting Levi, Levi Ski Resort, & more).

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Akaslompolo attractions app .

Vancouver, Canada to Akaslompolo is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Akaslompolo is 10 hours. In June, Akaslompolo is little chillier than Vancouver - with highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trips

Levi, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park

6
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Korouoma Canyon (in Posio). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and examine the collection at Christmas House Santa.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planner.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Korouoma Canyon, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris

6
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Hame Castle (in Haemeenlinna), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Parola (Holy Cross Church & Parola Tank Museum). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, see the interesting displays at Lenin Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Hiekka Art Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planning website .

Do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Tampere, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Parola, Visavuori, Hame Castle
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

6
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: ArtBank (in Parainen), Sjalo church (in Nagu) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Kuusisto Manor, ArtBank, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Moomin World ©
Moomin World

4
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Pori: Uusikaupunki (Automobile Museum, Bonk Museum, & more) and Rauma (The Old Town Hall Museum, Old Rauma, & more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, look for gifts at Porin Kauppahalli, admire the striking features of Palace of Junnelius, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pori online route maker .

Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Pori sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Uusikaupunki
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The Old Town Hall Museum ©
The Old Town Hall Museum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

4
nights
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Mustasaari side-trips: Powerpark (in Harma) and Vaasa (Hietasaaren uimaranta, Tikanoja Art Museum, & more). Spend a day of island exploring on the 12th (Thu) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mustasaari sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Pori to Mustasaari in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mustasaari

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Vaasa, Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, Powerpark
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Kaupungintalo - City Hall ©
Kaupungintalo - City Hall

5
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koli National Park: Hiidenportti National Park (in Sotkamo), Kuopio (St. Nikolaos Cathedral, Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, & more) and Joensuu (Carelicum, Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, & more). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip maker .

You can drive from Mustasaari to Koli National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kuopio, Joensuu, Hiidenportti National Park
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 21:
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Parikkala Sculpture Park (in Parikkala), Kitee Zoo (in Kitee) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip planner .

Drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Linnansaari National Park, Punkaharjun Kesamaa, Kitee Zoo
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

5
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park, Kouvola Model Railroad Museum, & more), Puumalan Lake (in Puumala) and Lammassaari Island (in Imatra). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Mantyharju Church, and step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta route planning app .

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kouvola, Imatra, Puumalan Lake, Mantyharju Church
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

5
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Loviisa (Ungern and Rosen Fortresses & Svartholm Fortress), Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III (in Hamina). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, head off the coast to Lehman, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kotka road trip planning website .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Kotka, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, Loviisa, Siltakyla, Ruotsinpyhtaa, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

8
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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo--about 50 minutes away. Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, stroll through Sibelius Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday planner .

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porvoo Old Town
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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