31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Edmonton
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7 h
7
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h
8
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
9
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Oulu
— 3 nights
Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: Edmonton

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Katajanokka and Hakaniemi Market. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo, Porvoo Old Town, &more). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online tour planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Old Rauma. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Cathedral and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Turku travel planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): get outside with Yyterin Nakotorni, enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and finally stop by Patakirppis.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pori trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. October in Pori sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Yyterin Nakotorni ©
Yyterin Nakotorni

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Step out of the city life by going to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere road trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Tampere are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Vitikkala Manor
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
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 15th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally cruise along Lietvesi Scenic Road. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolovesi National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Johanna Oras Art Gallery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna tour planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Savonlinna in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lietvesi Scenic Road, Johanna Oras Art Gallery, Kolovesi National Park
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Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Herajarvi Hiking Trail. Visiting Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Paha-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, explore the activities along Pielinen, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Juutua Nature Trail will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get all the equipment you need at Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort, look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and examine the collection at Gold Prospector Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Saariselka trip itinerary builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Saariselka. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Koli National Park in October; daily highs in Saariselka reach 3°C and lows reach -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Inari, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort ©
Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jemes Sport and Levi Ski Resort. Get outdoors at Konijanka Petting Zoo and Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Muonio (Sarkitunturi & Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park). There's more to do: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Levi holiday website.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Levi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Muonio, Jemes Sport, Konijanka Petting Zoo, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 27th (Wed), stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, fly down the slopes at Ruka, and then stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop. Keep things going the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky, stroll through Nurminiemen ratsutila/riding stables, and then head outdoors with Karhunkierros.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Levi to Kuusamo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Ruka ©
Ruka
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Do your shopping at Kauppahalli and Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus. Get some cultural insight at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo. Take a break from Oulu with a short trip to Rokuan Kansallispuisto in Ahmas, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, identify plant and animal life at Outdoors Oulu Oy, and contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Oulu travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Oulu in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Koitelinkoski, Rokuan Kansallispuisto
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Rokuan Kansallispuisto ©
Rokuan Kansallispuisto

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