12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Montreal
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  16​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
4
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 15​min
End: Montreal

1
day
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 28th (Tue): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Montreal, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Montreal to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Montreal - with highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Rovaniemi in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Koli National Park: temperatures range from 16°C by day to 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Koli Shop Retkitupa ©
Koli Shop Retkitupa

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Vaasa in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In June in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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1
night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum, then explore the galleries of Turku Castle, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Turku takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Room Escape Games

2
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. On the 3rd (Mon), hike along Santalahti Nature Trail and then examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, then don't miss a visit to Linden Esplanade, and finally head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka visit planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Salpa Line Museum
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

3
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.
Pack the 7th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder site .

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. June in Helsinki sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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