16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  6 h
End: London

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 28th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier and then browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip maker site.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Nature Parks
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Lieksa (Paateri & Pielisen Museum), Koli National Park (Paha-Koli Hill, Pielinen, &more) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Joensuu day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rovaniemi to Joensuu. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

3
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, walk around Riverside Park, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kotka trip builder.

Getting from Joensuu to Kotka by car takes about 4.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Kotka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kouvola
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
When in Turku, make a side trip to see Old Rauma in Rauma, approximately Rauma away. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Turku online visit planner.

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

4
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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, make a trip to Senate Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday planning site.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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