29 days in Finland Itinerary

29 days in Finland Itinerary

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29 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
6
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Vaasa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
9
Tampere
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

4
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 in touch with nature at Nuuksio National Park and Hietaranta Beach. Pack the 9th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Rock Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka

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. Get outdoors at Repovesi National Park and Arboretum Mustila. When in Kotka, make a side trip to see Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area in Kouvola, approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, tour the pleasant surroundings at Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka holiday builder .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kouvola, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Beach Mansikkalahti ©
Beach Mansikkalahti

2
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach, step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then hike along Malonsaari, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder.

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Drive from Kotka to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Kummakivi Boulder
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

5
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Visiting Paha-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Utra Beach in Joensuu--about 1 hour away. Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Imatra to Koli National Park takes 3.5 hours. In July in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Utra Beach
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids, then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo day trip site .

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

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 outdoors at Teijo national park and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Venture out of the city with trips to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). The adventure continues: have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Turku trip planning tool .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Naantali, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Teijo national park, Bellevue Beach
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, and then enjoy some friendly competition at Space Bowling & Billiards.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pori trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Pori are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Space Bowling & Billiards ©
Space Bowling & Billiards

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get great views at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hietasaaren uimaranta.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa sightseeing planning site .

Drive from Pori to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Vaasa sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Raippaluodon Silta
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta
Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Ahtari Zoo and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Step out of Tampere to go to Ylojarvi and see Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, which is approximately 54 minutes away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Duck Park (Sorsapuisto).

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tampere trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Outdoors

Side Trips

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Ahtari Zoo
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

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