31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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31 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Vaasa
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7​h
7
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12​h
End: Dubai

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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Helsinki Cathedral and Katajanokka. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), take a stroll through Ullanlinna, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and admire the landmark architecture of Pyhan Laurin kirkko.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip site .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Dubai in March; daily highs in Helsinki reach 3°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Vantaa, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Castle and Archangel Michael's church. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Teijo national park (in Pernio) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum.

Plan trip to Turku with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Naantali Old Town, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach
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Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas and Finlayson Church will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Pori (Rosenlew Museum & Yyteri Beach) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip planner .

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, daytime highs in Tampere are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pori, Ahtari Zoo, Pihamaa Estate & Winery
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get some cultural insight at Neristan (Old Wooden Town) and Mustasaaren kirkko. Visiting Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Hietasaaren uimaranta will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vaasa: Arctic Museum Nanoq (in Pietarsaari), Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia (in Kokkola) and Kyr0 Distillery Company (in Isokyro).

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vaasa driving holiday site .

You can take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kokkola, Kyr0 Distillery Company, Arctic Museum Nanoq, Stundars Museum
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi holiday tool .

Fly from Vaasa to Rovaniemi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Vaasa in March, with highs in Rovaniemi at -1°C and lows at -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
On the 21st (Thu), take a memorable tour with Levi Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Akaslompolo visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Akaslompolo are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Levi Ski Resort, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Safaris
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Escape the urban bustle at Venajanhiekka and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Venture out of the city with trips to Joensuu (Utra Beach, Joensuu Church, & more).

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Koli National Park by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly. In March, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Joensuu, Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Linden Esplanade and Bunker Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Beach Mansikkalahti and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, steep yourself in history at Kotka Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kotka vacation planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kotka in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Stromforsin ruukki, Bunker Museum, Arboretum Mustila, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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