18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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18 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  26​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Rantasalmi
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Naantali
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip maker website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Rovaniemi is an approximately 26-hour flight. When traveling from Johannesburg in June, plan for little chillier days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 18°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

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

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.
Kids will enjoy Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Korkeasaari Zoo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, step off the mainland to explore Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, kick back and relax at Hietaranta Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the activities along Pielinen and then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, then don't miss a visit to Paateri, and then see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip itinerary planning site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Helsinki to Koli National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Trails Museums

Side Trip

Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

1
night
Rantasalmi

Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Rantasalmi day trip planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Rantasalmi in 3 hours. In July in Rantasalmi, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Parks Nature
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mustasaari day trip website .

Getting from Rantasalmi to Mustasaari by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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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 10th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip website .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Tampere takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Naantali.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

2
nights
Naantali

Naantali ©
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. On the 12th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum and then enjoy some diversion at Moomin World.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Naantali trip planner .

Getting from Tampere to Naantali by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July in Naantali, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Naantali

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Turku
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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