18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Fly
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
6
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Rovaniemi

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 2nd (Thu): Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

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Washington DC, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Rovaniemi. In May, Rovaniemi is much colder than Washington DC - with highs of 51°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
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Safari
Safaris
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Arktikum ©
History Museum
Arktikum
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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
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. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku driving holiday app.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Turku in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a 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 · Parks

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Turku Castle ©
Castle
Turku Castle
4.5
Turku Cathedral ©
Religious Site
Turku Cathedral
4.4

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Vaasa

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, see the interesting displays at Terranova, take some stellar pictures from Saltkaret, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa road trip planning site.

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

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Vaasa Car & Motor Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum
4.4

2
nights
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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Pielinen, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, and stroll through Akka-Koli Hill.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 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 · Nature

Side Trip

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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Outdoor Activity
Neitikoski Rapids
5.0
Pielinen ©
Water Body
Pielinen
5.0
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Hiking Trail
Paha-Koli Hill
5.0

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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and finally browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna holiday builder app.

Getting from Koli National Park to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
4.4

3
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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: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). And it doesn't end there: walk around Riverside Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Kotka are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Repovesi National Park ©
National Park
Repovesi National Park
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4
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Helsinki

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.
Pack the 17th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, make a trip to Senate Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

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You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 60°F, while at night they dip 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 · Parks
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