18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, see Santa Claus Office, and then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, stop by LAURI, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online trip itinerary maker .

Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 7 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in May; daily highs in Rovaniemi reach 51°F and lows reach 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hike along The Archipelago Trail, then get your game on at Moomin World, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Turku online tour planner .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Rovaniemi in May, expect nights in Turku to be about the same, around 40°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Fun & Games Outdoors

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, examine the collection at Terranova, take in the pleasant sights at Saltkaret, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Vaasa day trip planning app .

Getting from Turku to Vaasa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Saltkaret
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum ©
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. In May in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

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. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip planner .

Drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum

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.
Pack the 17th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip tool .

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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