22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
3
Vaasa
— 3 nights
4
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
5
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
6
Kotka
— 4 nights

4
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nuuksio National Park and Haagan Alppiruusupuisto. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, wander the streets of Katajanokka, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planner.

Tampa, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Tampa to Helsinki. Traveling from Tampa in May, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Vitikkala Manor and The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo). Visiting Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Evo Hiking Area will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tampere road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Evo Hiking Area, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), Vitikkala Manor
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Setterbergin Puisto. Let the collections at Stundars Museum and Arctic Museum Nanoq capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: hike along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, get outside with Edvinin Taidepuisto Ja Korsukyla, sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa day trip website.

Getting from Tampere to Vaasa by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Vaasa, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arctic Museum Nanoq, Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, Stundars Museum
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Venajanhiekka, thenget outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli, and then kick back and relax at Hiukka.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sotkamo holiday planner.

Drive from Vaasa to Sotkamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In May in Sotkamo, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Rautavaara
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli

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nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Uhrihalkeama and Koli Nature Centre Ukko. Get in touch with nature at Paha-Koli Hill and Neitikoski Rapids. The adventure continues: trek along Akka-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Herajarvi Hiking Trail, identify plant and animal life at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

4
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. Linden Esplanade and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Repovesi National Park and Riverside Park will get you outdoors. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). There's lots more to do: stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, enjoy the sand and surf at Aijanniemi Beach, and explore the activities along Huutjarvi Lake.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka day trip planning tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Kotka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kouvola, Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori, Huutjarvi Lake
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area