20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Maastricht
Train + Fly:  8 h
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Saarijarvi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Palkane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Maastricht

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.
Attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Hietaranta Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool.

Maastricht, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 8- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

3
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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then meet the residents at Maretarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, then let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, and then stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Kotka road trip planning site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Trails
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Popular historic sites such as Olavinlinna Castle and New Valamo Monastery are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Kerimaki Church and Savonlinna Provincial Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi), The Parikkala Sculpture Park (in Parikkala) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna vacation planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Kerimaki Church, New Valamo Monastery, Linnansaari National Park, The Parikkala Sculpture Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Saarijarvi

Saarijarvi ©
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. Get some cultural insight at Finnish Air Force Museum and The Alvar Aalto Museum. Explore Saarijarvi's surroundings by going to Jyvaskyla (The Craft Museum of Finland & Natural History Museum of Central Finland) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Pyha-Hakki National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Saarijarvi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Savonlinna to Saarijarvi by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July in Saarijarvi, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Palkane.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Jyvaskyla, Ahtari Zoo
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Finnish Air Force Museum ©
Finnish Air Force Museum

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Palkane

Palkane ©
Pälkäne is a municipality of Finland.Pälkäne is in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Pirkanmaa region. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Evo Hiking Area and then step into the grandiose world of Hame Castle. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Aulanko and then see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria.

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You can drive from Saarijarvi to Palkane in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Palkane can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Palkane

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Hameenlinna
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Evo Hiking Area ©
Evo Hiking Area
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria
Hame Castle ©
Hame Castle

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Family-friendly places like Moomin World and Vepsa Island will thrill your kids. Turku Castle and Galleria Joella are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, admire the landmark architecture of Kuusisto Manor, and get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turku online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palkane to Turku takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Moomin World, Kuusisto Manor
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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