18 days in Finland Itinerary

18 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Kuusamo
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Melbourne International Airport

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Nuuksio National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Porvoo Old Town, then take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and finally stop by TeeMaa Tea House.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary maker site.

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 3:

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Tampere online trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:

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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 6th (Tue), kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then gain insight at Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: browse the collection at Turku City Library, then don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, and then hike along The Archipelago Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 8th (Thu), explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Turku to Kuusamo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Turku in October, expect Kuusamo to be little chillier, temps between 3°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Paha-Koli Hill. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Neitikoski Rapids and Koli Shop Retkitupa. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill and trek along Akka-Koli Hill.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

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Imatra

Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, then hike along Malonsaari, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Siikalahti Wetland. On the next day, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, then head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, then get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Imatra online visit planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Imatra in 3.5 hours. October in Imatra sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:

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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. Get outdoors at Arboretum Mustila and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Explore hidden gems such as Beach Mansikkalahti and Riverside Park. Step out of Kotka with an excursion to Hiidenvuori in Iitti--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by Linden Esplanade, get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and stroll around Fuksinpuisto Park.

To plan Kotka vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Kotka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

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."