10 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

10 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

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10 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lapland & Helsinki Region Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26​h
1
Kotka
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Luosto
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Inari
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Brisbane

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day
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, then wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

Before you visit Kotka, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Brisbane, Australia to Kotka is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Kotka is minus 8 hours. In June, daytime highs in Kotka are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Trails, #Beaches
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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. June in Turku sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner .

You can fly from Turku to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Luosto.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Wildlife, #Parks
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Lumberjack's Candle Bridge ©
Lumberjack's Candle Bridge

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Luosto

Luosto ©
On the 7th (Fri), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Luosto trip planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Luosto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. June in Luosto sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Luosto

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Safaris
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Safaris

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night
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Inari trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Luosto to Inari takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Inari are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

#Wildlife, #Outdoors, #Tours
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Spas & Wellness. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Rock Church and Ullanlinna. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, wander the streets of Katajanokka, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in June; daily highs in Helsinki reach 21°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Neighborhoods
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna

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