12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 1 night
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Kokkola
— 1 day
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Drive to Vaasa Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Inari
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Inari
— 1 day
Fly
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kotka

— 1 night
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 16th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Arboretum Mustila, don't miss a visit to Hamina Fortress, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then stroll through Riverside Park, and finally wander the streets of Linden Esplanade. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marian Kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, then see the interesting displays at Bunker Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

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Lisbon, Portugal to Kotka is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Kotka. Traveling from Lisbon in April, expect Kotka to be colder, temps between 8°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 16 — 17:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 17 — 18:

Kokkola

— 1 day
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 19th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum, then see the interesting displays at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum, then explore the world behind art at K.H. Renlund Museum, and finally wander the streets of Neristan (Old Wooden Town).

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kokkola route planning site.

Getting from Savonlinna to Kokkola by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in April, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kokkola

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 19:

Inari

— 1 day
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kokkola to Inari. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kokkola in April; daily highs in Inari reach 3°C and lows reach -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 20:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naantali Old Town and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel. Visit Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and stroll through Vepsa Island.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Turku road trip app.

You can fly from Inari to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in April, with highs in Turku at 9°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:

Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mannerheim Museum and Katajanokka. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and stop by Taiga Colors.

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You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."