17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and finally step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip itinerary maker.

Accra, Ghana to Kotka is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Accra in August, you will find days in Kotka are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are colder (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
On the 2nd (Mon), trek along Akka-Koli Hill, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then hike along Paha-Koli Hill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Koli National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

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

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, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi holiday builder site.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Nature
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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. On the 5th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

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Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Vaasa takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Rovaniemi, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Vaasa, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

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Getting from Vaasa to Tampere by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can 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 ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On your second day here, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, then take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku journey builder.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Turku, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Trails Parks

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki visit planner.

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Helsinki are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

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