21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  19​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Akaslompolo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
7
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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. On the 1st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, then kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, and then step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kotka trip itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kotka is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in May; daily highs in Kotka reach 18°C and lows reach 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Get outdoors at Paha-Koli Hill and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to fly. In May, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery, then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally examine the collection at Terranova.

To plan Vaasa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Vaasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Safaris and Pyha-Luosto National Park will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, admire the sheer force of Auttikongas, and make a trip to Santa Claus Office.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi day trip planning website .

You can fly from Vaasa to Rovaniemi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Vaasa in May, plan for little chillier days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 12°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

3
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Seven Fells Up.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Akaslompolo day trip planner.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Levi Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Inari tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Inari in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. May in Inari sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Katajanokka. Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 46 minutes away). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Inari in May: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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