29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Kotka
— 3 nights
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Turku
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 5 nights
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Mustasaari
— 1 night
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
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Saariselka
— 1 night
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Muonio
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 5 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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. There's lots more to do: expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki day trip planning site.

Chicago, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 8 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in September, with highs in Helsinki at 61°F and lows at 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 18:

Kotka

— 3 nights
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. When in Kotka, make a side trip to see St Michael Church in Pernaja, approximately Pernaja away. There's still lots to do: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and stroll through Riverside Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Kotka trip simple and quick.

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Kotka are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of Turku with an excursion to VMB Fishing in Salo--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, and stroll around Kupittaa Park.

To see maps and tourist information, go to the Turku driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kotka to Turku by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

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 Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto, Palander House, &more), Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at Lenin Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Tea Shop Veistrom, and kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere travel planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 29:

Mustasaari

— 1 night
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tampere to Mustasaari in 4 hours. In September in Mustasaari, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — 30:

Koli National Park

— 4 nights
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.
When in Koli National Park, make a side trip to see Paalasmaan Surukivi in Juuka, approximately Juuka away. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, make a trip to Paateri, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and go for a walk through Rylays Hill.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park online trip planner.

Getting from Mustasaari to Koli National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. September in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 4:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then get outside with Karhunkierros, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland, then wander the wide-open spaces of Kujala Reindeer Farm, and finally experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

Start your trip to Kuusamo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Koli National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kuusamo: temperatures range from 37°F by day to 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Saariselka road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Saariselka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Saariselka are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Trails · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Muonio

— 2 nights
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Pakasaivo, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sarkitunturi, and then explore the striking landscape at Keimiotunturi Fell.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Muonio trip planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Muonio in 4 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Muonio can reach 35°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 9:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally let the kids burn off some steam at Angry Birds Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Lordi's Square.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip planner.

Traveling by car from Muonio to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 37°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."