19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Drive:  16 h 30 min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
2
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 15 min
5
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Bengaluru

1
night
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. On the 9th (Wed), hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum, then stroll around Riverside Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Industrial park Karhu ja Tahti. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, then let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, and finally walk around Sapokka Water Garden.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka itinerary planner.

Bengaluru, India to Kotka is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Traveling from Bengaluru in October, expect Kotka to be much colder, temps between 8°C and 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bunker Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth

3
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: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, hike along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, and see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko.

For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park visit planning website.

Drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and then see the top attractions with Feelapland.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in October, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

1
night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 16th (Wed), hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Akaslompolo travel website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Akaslompolo can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Yllas Ski Resort
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Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Terranova, examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then examine the collection at Stundars Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Akaslompolo to Vaasa takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Akaslompolo in October; daily highs in Vaasa reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Stundars Museum, Saltkaret
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll through The Archipelago Trail, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then gain insight at Turku Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, explore the activities along Pargas Lime Stone Quarry, then walk around Kupittaa Park, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku online route builder.

Getting from Vaasa to Turku by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pargas Lime Stone Quarry
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Pack the 24th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

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