20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

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:  2​h 45​min
5
Palkane
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  17​h 15​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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rock Church and Fortress of Suomenlinna. Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach. Pack the 16th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Maastricht to Helsinki. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park

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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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, explore the galleries of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then meet the residents at Maretarium. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kotka trip builder app .

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Get some historical perspective at Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimaki Church. Explore Savonlinna's surroundings by going to New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi), Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Parikkala Sculpture Park, pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna travel route planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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Saarijarvi

Saarijarvi ©
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. Visiting Pyha-Hakki National Park and Ahtari Zoo will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Saarijarvi side-trips: Jyvaskyla (Finnish Air Force Museum, The Alvar Aalto Museum, & more).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Saarijarvi using our trip planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Saarijarvi in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Saarijarvi can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can 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 your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Aulanko and then examine the collection at Museo Militaria.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Palkane road trip tool .

You can drive from Saarijarvi to Palkane in 3 hours. July in Palkane sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Palkane

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trip

Haemeenlinna
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Aulanko ©
Aulanko
Hame Castle ©
Hame Castle
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Cathedral and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya, approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: head off the coast to Vepsa Island, view the masterpieces at Galleria Joella, enjoy some diversion at Moomin World, and contemplate the long history of Kuusisto Manor.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Palkane to Turku in 2.5 hours. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Museums

Side Trips

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

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