31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
4
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
10
Tampere
— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki vacation builder.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:

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. Step out of Kotka with an excursion to Repovesi National Park in Kouvola--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, stroll around Isopuisto Park, admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

Discover how to plan a Kotka trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:

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 10th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Urho Kekkonen National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka online vacation planner.

Fly from Kotka to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kotka in October: high temperatures in Saariselka hover around 3°C and lows are around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:
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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 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): hike along Keimiotunturi Fell and then take in the awesome beauty at Sarkitunturi.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Muonio trip maker app.

You can drive from Saariselka to Muonio in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Muonio are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): stroll through Napapiirin Porofarmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Muonio to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 13:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step out of Kuusamo to go to Juuma and see Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Karhunkierros, soothe aching muscles at Rukaland, take a pleasant ride with Wanha Raatesalmi, and explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kuusamo road trip website.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. October in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:

Koli National Park

— 5 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, get great views at Rylays Hill, and make a trip to Paateri.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. October in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:

Mustasaari

— 2 nights
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, get a taste of life in the country at Aava Kertun Kotitila, and then take in the pleasant sights at Saltkaret.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mustasaari travel route builder tool.

Getting from Koli National Park to Mustasaari by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: VMB Fishing (in Salo) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island.

For ratings and more tourist information, read Turku day trip site.

You can drive from Mustasaari to Turku in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 27:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi), Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for gifts at Hameenkatu, test the waters at Tullin Sauna, and find something for the whole family at Ahvenisto.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:

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."