22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train
3
Vaasa
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Tampa International Airport

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Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Visiting Nuuksio National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Appreciate the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

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 60°F and lows about 43°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 · Nature

Side Trip

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3
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

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 Rauhaniemi Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Evo Hiking Area in Hameenlinna (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tampere online journey planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Tampere are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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3
nights
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 Edvinin Taidepuisto Ja Korsukyla. Let the collections at Stundars Museum and Arctic Museum Nanoq capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery, hike along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, head outdoors with Setterbergin Puisto, 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 56°F during the day and 39°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 · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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2
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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, then get 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 55°F during the day and 37°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 · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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4
nights
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 Akka-Koli Hill. There's lots more to do: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, Head underground at Pirunkirkko, trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in May, and nighttime lows around 39°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 · Nature

Side Trip

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4
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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 Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) 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 60°F, and evening lows to 42°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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."