26 days in Finland Itinerary

26 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: St. Petersburg
Drive:  7 h 45 min
1
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Oulu
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Levi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
5
Vaasa
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Tampere
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
End: St. Petersburg

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Get some cultural insight at Koli Nature Centre Ukko and Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Joensuu (Utra Beach, Joensuu Church, &more). There's much more to do: stroll through Ukko-Koli, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park day trip app.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Koli National Park is an approximately 6.5- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Koli National Park. Traveling from St. Petersburg in April, things will get slightly colder in Koli National Park: highs are around 6°C and lows about -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Joensuu, Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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 Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen ©
Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen
Koli Nature Centre Ukko ©
Koli Nature Centre Ukko
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Raahe Museum and Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nallikari Beach and Hupisaaret Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Marjaniemi Lighthouse (in Hailuoto) and Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Oulun Automuseo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu attractions planning website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. April in Oulu sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Haukipudas Church, Raahe Museum, Marjaniemi Lighthouse, Kierikki Stone Age Centre
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Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arctic Emotions Oy and Napapiirin Porofarmi. Get some cultural insight at German Soldier s Cemetery and Santa's House of Snowmobiles. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, see Santa Claus Office, take an in-depth tour of Rovaniemi Local History Museum, and try your luck at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. April in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Museums Parks
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Arctic Emotions Oy ©
Arctic Emotions Oy
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm, then admire the masterpieces at Sarestoniemi Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, then join the crowd at Icekarting Levi, and then take an in-depth tour of Samiland.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Levi driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Levi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Levi

Museums Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sarestoniemi Museum, Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila
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Sarestoniemi Museum ©
Sarestoniemi Museum
Samiland ©
Samiland
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and then see the interesting displays at Bragen ulkoilmamuseo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietasaaren uimaranta, then examine the collection at Stundars Museum, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Vaasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Levi in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Vaasa, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Stundars Museum
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vapriikin Museokeskus and Holy Cross Church. The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas and Visavuori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to The Parola Armour Museum in Parola--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Hiekka Art Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, examine the collection at Tampere City Library, Metso, and take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Parola, Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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The Parola Armour Museum ©
The Parola Armour Museum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hiekka Art Museum ©
Hiekka Art Museum

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, then admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and finally explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail, then see the interesting displays at Louhisaari Manor, and finally deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Turku trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Louhisaari Manor
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Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maritime Centre Vellamo and Riverside Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Linden Esplanade and Hamina Town Hall. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Lappeenranta (Lappeenrannan raatihuone, Wolkoff House Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, steep yourself in history at Industrial park Karhu ja Tahti, make a trip to Hamina Fortress, and admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Kotka tour itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Hamina
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Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Wolkoff House Museum ©
Wolkoff House Museum

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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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sinebrychoff Art Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Finnish Aviation Museum. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula) in Tuusula, approximately Tuusula away. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and get your game on at Labyrinth Games Room Escape.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary planner.

Getting from Kotka to Helsinki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. April in Helsinki sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Tuusulanjarvi (Lake Tuusula), Finnish Aviation Museum
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka