17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 day
Train
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Vaasa
— 1 day
Train
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 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. 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.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip itinerary maker.

Accra, Ghana to Kotka is an approximately 16-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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 1:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
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 find where to stay, reviews, photos, 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 · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Rovaniemi

— 1 day

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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 more things to do, reviews, maps, 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 take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Vaasa

— 1 day
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 train from Rovaniemi to Vaasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and 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

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

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 3 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 drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Turku

— 2 nights
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.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Turku journey builder.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; 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 · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
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 see maps, traveler tips, photos, 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 fly; or take a train. 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 catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."