17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Accra
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Vaasa
— 1 day
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Accra

1
night
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 31st (Sat), examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then walk around Riverside Park, and finally head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kotka trip itinerary maker .

Accra, Ghana to Kotka is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Accra to Kotka, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Accra in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Kotka, with highs around 23°C, while nights are colder with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 2nd (Mon), trek along Akka-Koli Hill, then stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and then take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

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 4th (Wed): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. In September in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

1
day
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vaasa route maker site .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Vaasa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Rovaniemi in September: highs in Vaasa hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 6th (Fri), look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

2
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 8th (Sun), have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally gain insight at Turku Cathedral. On the 9th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the collection at Turku City Library, then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and then hike along The Archipelago Trail.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

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Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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