12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Batam
Fly + Drive:  28 h
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
4
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  27 h
End: Batam

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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. John's Church, and then examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kotka visit planner.

Batam, Indonesia to Kotka is an approximately 27- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Batam in May, things will get cooler in Kotka: highs are around 18°C and lows about 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hamina, Salpa Line Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Main Building of Military School ©
Main Building of Military School

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 14th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Naantali Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Uto.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Turku road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. May in Turku sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Naantali Church
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 16th (Tue), enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, then identify plant and animal life at Arctic Lifestyle, and finally stop by Kauppakeskus Sampokeskus.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi sightseeing planner.

Getting from Turku to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Turku in May, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Museums
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. You've now added Kauppahalli to your itinerary. On the 18th (Thu), walk around Ainolan Puisto, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, and finally head outdoors with Superpark Oulu. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Oulun Taidemuseo and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu online trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Oulu by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oulu

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Oulun Taidemuseo ©
Oulun Taidemuseo

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, stop by Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), then get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take a stroll through Katajanokka.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Oulu to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Oulu, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 18°C to lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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