20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Curitiba
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
5
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  24​h
End: Curitiba

3
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.
Pack the 10th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip builder .

Curitiba, Brazil to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Curitiba to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Curitiba in May: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Vantaa Art Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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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 11th (Sat), trek along The Archipelago Trail, then have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku day trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Fun & Games Museums Parks

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Room Escape Games
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Kaupungintalo - City Hall, see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, see the interesting displays at Terranova, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, then enjoy breathtaking views from Saltkaret, and finally take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Vaasa vacation planner .

Drive from Turku to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Vaasa are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mustasaari
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum ©

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Vaasa to Rovaniemi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vaasa in May, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and trek along Akka-Koli Hill.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Rovaniemi in May, you will find days in Koli National Park are a bit warmer (16°C), and nights are about the same (4°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

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Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, then enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, then contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kuopio trip planner .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Museums Parks

Side Trip

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
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Room Escape Games
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

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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. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). There's still lots to do: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and stroll through Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Kotka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. May in Kotka sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum

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