20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Train
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Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Kotka

— 2 nights
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 2nd (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and then hike along Santalahti Nature Trail. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth and then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

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Mumbai, India to Kotka is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Mumbai in May: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 18°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Nature
Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Koli National Park

— 3 nights
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 trip includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, explore the activities along Pielinen, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

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Drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with a short trip to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail in Juuma (about 38 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Wanha Raatesalmi, surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, soothe aching muscles at Rukaland, and experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

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Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Koli National Park in May: high temperatures in Kuusamo hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park. On the next day, make a trip to Santa Claus Village and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 9 — 11:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, then head outdoors with Outdoors Oulu Oy, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Oulu road trip planner.

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Oulu sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 11 — 12:

Mustasaari

— 2 nights
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, then experience rural life at Aava Kertun Kotitila, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Saltkaret.

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You can drive from Oulu to Mustasaari in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

Turku

— 1 night
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 15th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, then browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, then hike along The Archipelago Trail, and finally get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

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Getting from Mustasaari to Turku by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 14 — 15:

Helsinki

— 5 nights

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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

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Getting from Turku to Helsinki by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay May 15 — 20:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."