26 days in Finland Itinerary

26 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kotka
— 3 nights
2
Helsinki
— 5 nights
3
Turku
— 4 nights
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
5
Kuopio
— 2 nights
6
Joensuu
— 3 nights
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights

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). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka day trip planning app.

San Diego, USA to Kotka is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 10 hours. Traveling from San Diego in July, things will get little chillier in Kotka: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Kouvola
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and get your game on at Moomin World.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Turku travel planning site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. August in Turku sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma, Bonk Museum
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and enjoy some diversion at Pyynikki's Swim Hall.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Snellman Park, have fun at Vainolanniemi, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kuopio vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tampere to Kuopio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. August in Kuopio sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Joensuu: Lieksa (Paateri, Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, &more), Koli National Park (Akka-Koli Hill, Paha-Koli Hill, &more) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli).

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Joensuu online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kuopio to Joensuu in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Joensuu are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, 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.
Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Ranua to see Ranua Zoo about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Joensuu to Rovaniemi. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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