22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  26 h
1
Kotka
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
4
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
6
Inari
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Train:  5 h 15 min
7
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Sydney

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 11th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, then head off the coast to Lehman, and then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): stroll around Riverside Park and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kotka road trip planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Kotka is an approximately 27- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Kotka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Arboretum Mustila
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Lehman ©
Lehman

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online trip builder.

Getting from Kotka to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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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.
On the 14th (Tue), delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 17th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Ruka, then look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo online tour planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In August in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

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night
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): stop by Akaslompolo Sportshop and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Akaslompolo trip planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Akaslompolo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. August in Akaslompolo sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

3
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 20th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

Before you visit Inari, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Inari are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and finally stop by Tammelantori.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere tour planning website.

Getting from Inari to Tampere by combination of shuttle, flight, and train takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Inari, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tampere, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Teijo National Park and Vepsa Island. Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Old Rauma. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Ruokapuoti Lumo in Rauma, approximately Rauma away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Turku trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rauma, Teijo National Park
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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 some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Take a break from the city and head to Hietaranta Beach and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Hakaniemi Market, look for gifts at Taiga Colors, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaari Zoo.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki day trip planning app.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Shopping Parks Outdoors
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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