23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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23 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Kathmandu

2
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Stromforsin ruukki and Santalahti Nature Trail. Get some historical perspective at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and Marian Kirkko. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Lehman, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kotka trip itinerary planner .

Kathmandu, Nepal to Kotka is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Kotka. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kathmandu in October: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 8°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Salpa Line Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Marian Kirkko, Stromforsin ruukki, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 14th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna attractions site .

You can drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): stroll through Hiukka and then stroll through Venajanhiekka. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto.

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

Drive from Savonlinna to Sotkamo in 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Rautavaara
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiukka ©
Hiukka

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Rauhaniemi Beach and Vapriikin Museokeskus. When in Tampere, make a side trip to see Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto in Ylojarvi, approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere driving holiday planner.

Drive from Sotkamo to Tampere in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): examine the collection at Villa Mairea, tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pori itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Pori, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Turku Castle and Vepsa Island. Get some historical perspective at Turku Cathedral and Korpo Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Korpo Church, Bellevue Beach, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Archipelago National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kimito Island travel planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Spas & Wellness. Let the collections at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen (in Raseborg), Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja) and Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Rock Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, wander the streets of Katajanokka, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen, Paavolan Tammi, Aurlahti Beach
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

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