27 days in Finland Itinerary

27 days in Finland Itinerary

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27 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
2
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Vaasa
— 2 nights
5
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Seattle

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, wildlife, museums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel route planner.

Seattle, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Seattle to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect Rovaniemi to be little chillier, temps between 53°F and 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Museums Fun & Games
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Angry Birds Park ©
Angry Birds Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Step out of Kuopio to go to Karttula and see Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, and ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip maker app .

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuopio by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Step out of Vaasa to go to Mustasaari and see Saltkaret, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Spend a day of island exploring on the 11th (Wed) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Vaasa trip builder app .

Fly from Kuopio to Vaasa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Stundars Museum
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum ©
Vaasa Car & Motor Museum

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tampere driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Tampere sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Visavuori, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 18th (Wed), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get your game on at Moomin World, then take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get lost in a book at Turku City Library, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

Plan trip to Turku with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Turku, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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. Take a break from Kotka with a short trip to Repovesi National Park in Kouvola, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka online day trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. September in Kotka sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Repovesi National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
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 46 minutes away. Pack the 26th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and make a trip to The Esplanadi Park.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Helsinki journey planner .

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

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