29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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29 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  19​h
1
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
3
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Mustasaari
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
7
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Helsinki
— 8 nights
9
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Oulu is known for shopping, beaches, fun & games, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and have fun at Tietomaa.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Oulu online trip itinerary builder .

Vancouver, Canada to Oulu is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Vancouver to Oulu. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Vancouver in October: high temperatures in Oulu hover around 6°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 5th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Amethyst Mine Lapland and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kopara Reindeer Park. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi travel route planner .

Drive from Oulu to Pyhatunturi in 4.5 hours. In October, Pyhatunturi is little chillier than Oulu - with highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Luosto
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, take an unorthodox tour of Uhrihalkeama, and then examine the collection at Pielisen Museum. Keep things going the next day: stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, then see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, and then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Koli National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Keep things going the next day: hike along Paha-Koli Hill and then hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park itinerary tool .

Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna sightseeing site .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
day
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 13th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Mustasaari trip tool .

Drive from Savonlinna to Mustasaari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of the city life by going to Kurjenrahka National Park and Vepsa Island. Visit Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral for their historical value. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Old Rauma in Rauma, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take in the exciting artwork at Galleria Joella, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner .

Getting from Mustasaari to Turku by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Old Rauma
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

8
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.
Get some cultural insight at Rock Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Visiting Korkeasaari Zoo and Aurinkolahti Beach will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hietaranta Beach, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Valkmusa National Park, Aurlahti Beach, King's Road, Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): examine the collection at Lahti Ski Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kouvola visit planner .

Take a train from Helsinki to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Hamina Town Hall, Lahti Ski Museum
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hamina Town Hall ©
Hamina Town Hall

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