26 days in Finland Itinerary

26 days in Finland Itinerary

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26 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: San Diego
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: San Diego

3
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, stroll around Riverside Park, and get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka road trip site .

San Diego, USA to Kotka is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from San Diego to Kotka, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in July; daily highs in Kotka reach 70°F and lows reach 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kouvola
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, browse the collection at Turku City Library, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Bonk Museum, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Pori (Yyteri Beach & Kirjurinluoto), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere sightseeing planner .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Pori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Visavuori
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Snellman Park, then enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kuopio vacation builder .

You can take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Nature Parks

Side Trip

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
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Room Escape Games
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Lieksa (Paateri, Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, & more) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Joensuu travel route planner .

You can drive from Kuopio to Joensuu in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Joensuu are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Lieksa, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, identify plant and animal life at Poro Farmi, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi travel site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Joensuu to Rovaniemi. August in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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