31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
4
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h
5
Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
7
Kuhmo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
8
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Hamina
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Cape Town

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mannerheim Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Fagervik Museum (in Inkoo), Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg) and Museo Militaria (in Hameenlinna). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki holiday planning website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Cape Town in March, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fagervik Museum, Espoo Cathedral, Raseborg Castle, Museo Militaria, Holy Cross Church
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Step out of the city life by going to Archipelago National Park and Oro. Explore hidden gems such as Soderlangvik Gard and Helsingholm Guest Harbour.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kimito Island day trip app.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kimito Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik Gard
Soderlangvik Gard

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Castle and Louhisaari Manor. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Teijo National Park in Pernio--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Turku, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Louhisaari Manor, Teijo National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Visiting Levi Ski Resort and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Icekarting Levi and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Turku in March, things will get a bit cooler in Levi: highs are around 0°C and lows about -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Winter Sports Trails

Side Trip

Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi

2
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum, fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Saariselka trip itinerary site.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Levi to Saariselka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Ruka and Kiutakongas Rapids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hossa National Park and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. There's more to do: examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo road trip planning site.

Getting from Saariselka to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in March, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, Hossa National Park
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Hossa National Park
Hossa National Park
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail

2
nights
Kuhmo

Kuhmo ©
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wild Taiga and then identify plant and animal life at Boreal Wildlife Centre.

Plan a trip to Kuhmo easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Kuhmo takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuhmo

Wildlife Parks
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Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Get some cultural insight at Olavinlinna Castle and Tohmajarven kirkko. Escape the urban bustle at Punkaharju Ridge and Siikalahti Wetland. Change things up with a short trip to The Parikkala Sculpture Park in Parikkala (about 1 hour away). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, and don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Kuhmo to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Parikkala, Punkaharju, Tohmajarven kirkko, Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Tohmajarven kirkko ©
Tohmajarven kirkko
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get outdoors at Imatra Waterfall and Saimaa Canal. Get some cultural insight at Lappeenranta Fortress and Lappeenrannan taidemuseo. Step out of Lappeenranta with an excursion to Lammassaari Island in Imatra--about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and see the interesting displays at Saimaa Kanal Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hamina.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Imatra, Taipalsaaren kirkko
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress

2
nights
Hamina

Hamina ©
Hamina is a town and a municipality of Finland. Visiting Hiidenvuori and Arboretum Mustila will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Salpa Line Museum and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hamina: Ruotsinpyhtaa (Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa & Stromforsin Ruukki). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Bunker Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, and browse the exhibits of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hamina online trip builder.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Hamina in 1.5 hours. In March in Hamina, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamina

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Ruotsinpyhtaa, Hiidenvuori, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, Bunker Museum
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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