25 days in Finland Itinerary

25 days in Finland Itinerary

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25 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
6
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Inari
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  15​h
End: Madison

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 4th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma and then get outside with Kuuskajaskari. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Junnelius, then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pori trip planner .

Madison, USA to Pori is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Madison in July, things will get slightly colder in Pori: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Kuuskajaskari ©
Kuuskajaskari

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arboretum Mustila and Riverside Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Bunker Museum and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III (in Hamina), Fagerö Kaunissaari (in Pyhtaa) and Kouvola (Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area & Hevoshaan Arboretum). There's still lots to do: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka route planner .

Traveling by car from Pori to Kotka takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pyhtaa, Kouvola, Bunker Museum, Arboretum Mustila, German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church ©
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 10th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurjenrahka National Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, and then trek along The Archipelago Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and finally get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the dramatic natural features at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Taipalsaaren kirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and then head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta online trip planner .

Drive from Turku to Lappeenranta in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F at night. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Imatra, Taipalsaaren kirkko, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna journey planner .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Kiutakongas Rapids and Karhunkierros. Get in touch with nature at Julma Olkky and Hossa National Park. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo and admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kuusamo driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Hossa National Park
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Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 18th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, then have fun at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Christmas House Santa, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. July in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Ruijanpolku Trail and then have fun at Action Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip tool .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Saariselka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in July, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): deepen your understanding of the past and present with Lemmenjoki National Park. On the next day, get interesting insight from Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Inari trip planner .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Inari takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Inari are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Aurinkolahti Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: deepen your knowledge of military history at Fortress of Suomenlinna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Inari in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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