22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel route builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive
4
Oulu
— 2 nights
Train
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Kotka
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and get advice or help at Finlandia - Talo.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary app.

Kotor, Montenegro to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kotor to Helsinki. Traveling from Kotor in October, you will find days in Helsinki are cooler (10°C), and nights are slightly colder (1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park. On your second day here, see what you can catch with VMB Fishing and then get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 7:

Mustasaari

— 1 night
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mustasaari travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Mustasaari in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In October in Mustasaari, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): stroll around Hupisaaret Park, then see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and then walk around Ainolan Puisto. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Oulu day trip planning website.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Oulu in 5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Oulu are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 10:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Napapiirin Porofarmi, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and then explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Office.

Plan my day in Rovaniemi using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Oulu in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Nature · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Karhunkierros and Rukaland. Step out of Kuusamo to go to Juuma and see Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Wanha Raatesalmi and experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Koli National Park

— 5 nights
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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and make a trip to Paateri.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:

Kotka

— 2 nights
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 21st (Fri), browse the different shops at Shopping Centre Pasaati, then stroll around Riverside Park, and then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth and then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka attractions planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kotka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Trails · Shopping · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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."