21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Rantasalmi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Seattle

2
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. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, head off the coast to Lehman, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kotka online tour itinerary planner .

Seattle, USA to Kotka is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 10 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Seattle in July, with highs in Kotka at 70°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Valkmusa National Park, Stromforsin ruukki
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Keep things going the next day: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, see the interesting displays at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Main Church.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Kouvola trip planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Kouvola in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in Kouvola sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum ©
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum
Pyhan Ristin kirkko ©
Pyhan Ristin kirkko

2
nights
Rantasalmi

Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. On the 10th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, then steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Rantasalmi day trip site .

You can drive from Kouvola to Rantasalmi in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Rantasalmi are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Savonlinna
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mustasaari tour builder site .

Getting from Rantasalmi to Mustasaari by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step out of Tampere to go to Parola and see Holy Cross Church, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Spy Museum, admire the striking features of Aleksanterin Kirkko, and enjoy the sand and surf at Suolijarvi Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Tampere takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Holy Cross Church
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and stroll through The Archipelago Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Naantali, Rauma, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

5
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 21st (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, stroll through Sibelius Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

The Finnish Museum of Horology
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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