26 days in Finland Itinerary

26 days in Finland Itinerary

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26 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Drive:  7​h
1
Lahti
— 1 day
2
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
6
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
8
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

1
day
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Hollola, then examine the collection at Lahti Ski Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristinkirkko, and finally get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lahti route maker .

St. Petersburg, Russia to Lahti is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Lahti. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Lahti

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Church of Hollola
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Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Church of Hollola ©
Church of Hollola
Lahti Ski Museum ©
Lahti Ski Museum

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Church of Keuruu. Escape the urban bustle at Rauhaniemi Beach and Ahtari Zoo. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

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

You can drive from Lahti to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Ahtari Zoo, Church of Keuruu
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get in touch with nature at Vepsa Island and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Kurjenrahka National Park
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for gifts at Porin Kauppahalli, get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, then browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pori online trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla
Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mustasaari vacation maker tool .

Getting from Pori to Mustasaari by car takes about 3 hours. October in Mustasaari sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Visiting Venajanhiekka and Hiukka will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sotkamo: Kajaani Castle ruins (in Kajaani) and Ukkohalla Ski & Sport Resort (in Hyrynsalmi). It doesn't end there: enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling and take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sotkamo travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Sotkamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Kajaani Castle ruins, Venajanhiekka, Ukkohalla Ski & Sport Resort
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Get outdoors at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Pielinen. Take a break from Koli National Park with a short trip to New Valamo Monastery in Heinavesi, about 1h 25 min away.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park road trip tool .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Koli Shop Retkitupa, New Valamo Monastery
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Pielinen ©
Pielinen

7
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.
Shop till you drop at Flamingo Entertainment Centre and Marimekko. Relax by the water at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Fortress of Suomenlinna, stop by Boss Shop, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korkeasaari Zoo, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki with the Route module. When traveling from Koli National Park in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Flamingo Entertainment Center, Aurlahti Beach, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral