18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
night
Rovaniemi

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, thenhave 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, thenstroll 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 °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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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.
On the 4th (Sat), hike along The Archipelago Trail, thenget 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, thensee the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, thenstep 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 °F, while days are somewhat warmer, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Fun & Games Trails

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

2
nights
Vaasa

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 in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret, thenpause 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 °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Saltkaret
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum ©
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum

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.
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 °F in May, and nighttime lows around °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.
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, thensee the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, thentake 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 °F in May, and nighttime lows around °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

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
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). 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 °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

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. 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 °F, while at night they dip to °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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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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