19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Inari
— 1 night
5
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
7
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Colombo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Nuuksio National Park.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Colombo to Helsinki, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Colombo in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Turku trip planning site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turun Kauppahalli ©
Turun Kauppahalli
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visit Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Galleria Ronga. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, stop by Keittioelamaa, and examine the collection at Moomin Museum.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. October in Tampere sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 9th (Wed), examine the collection at Siida, then relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeerfarm, and then identify plant and animal life at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Inari tour itinerary planning tool .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Tampere to Inari in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in October, expect Inari to be slightly colder, temps between 3°C and -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, then stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Kiutakongas Rapids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Safaris
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 13th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, then look for gifts at Koli Shop Retkitupa, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park online visit planner .

Drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. October in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Koli Shop Retkitupa ©
Koli Shop Retkitupa

4
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. Get outdoors at Arboretum Mustila and Hiidenvuori. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Valkmusa National Park. When in Kotka, make a side trip to see Repovesi National Park in Kouvola, approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kotka day trip planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kotka by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kouvola, Hiidenvuori, Arboretum Mustila, Valkmusa National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

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