19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive
7
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Barcelona 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday planning site.

Barcelona, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Barcelona to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Barcelona in September, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): take in the architecture and design of Abo Akademi, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island.

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Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:

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Inari

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Inari driving holiday planner.

Getting from Turku to Inari by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Turku in September, expect Inari to be little chillier, temps between 13°C and 4°C. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 14:

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then admire the masterpieces at Korundi House of Culture, and finally admire the sheer force of Auttikongas.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

You can drive from Inari to Rovaniemi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. September in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:

2
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Kuusamo

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky, and then identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, then look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip builder tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 18:

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Sotkamo

Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

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Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Sotkamo takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

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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.
On the 19th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and then trek along Herajarvi Hiking Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

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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 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna online travel route planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

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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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and then see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Riverside Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, then expand your understanding of the military at Main Building of Military School, and finally stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kotka trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kotka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

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."