30 days in Finland Itinerary

30 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Norfolk
Fly + Drive:  19 h 45 min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
7
Inari
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Train:  5 h 15 min
8
Tampere
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Norfolk

2
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. On the 28th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Valkmusa National Park. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, then trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, and then go for a walk through Linden Esplanade.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip itinerary maker app.

Norfolk, USA to Kotka is an approximately 19- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Norfolk in June, expect Kotka to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Valkmusa National Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

1
night
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 30th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lempukka Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Mon): trek along Malonsaari, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Imatra trip planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Imatra sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lappeenranta
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, savor the flavors at Savonlinna Market Square, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna journey planning tool.

You can drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Punkaharju, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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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 in touch with nature at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ukko-Koli Hill and Paha-Koli Hill. Venture out of the city with trips to Joensuu (Utra Beach & Taitokortteli). It doesn't end there: trek along Herajarvi Hiking Trail and explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park day trip tool.

Getting from Savonlinna to Koli National Park by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Joensuu
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Herajarvi Hiking Trail ©
Herajarvi Hiking Trail

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 8th (Mon), head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then kick back and relax at Venajanhiekka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara and then kick back and relax at Hiukka.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sotkamo trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Sotkamo takes 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Sotkamo can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vuokatinvaara, Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Kuusamo takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

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

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nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 12th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and then experience rural life at Tuula's Reindeer. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, and then wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner.

Fly from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Inari sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some cultural insight at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Sarkanniemi Theme Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yyteri Beach and Ideapark. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Inari to Tampere in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Inari in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tampere, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Yyteri Beach, Ideapark
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Ruokapuoti Lumo (in Rauma) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and look for all kinds of wild species at Vepsa Island.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Turku day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Rauma, Teijo National Park, Kuusisto Manor
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Design Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). And it doesn't end there: find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, and don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori.

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

You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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