31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Helsinki Cathedral and Temppeliaukio Church. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: visit Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), see the interesting displays at Vantaa Art Museum, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki visit website.

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dubai to Helsinki. Traveling from Dubai in March, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 3°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to 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
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Archangel Michael's church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Bellevue Beach and Teijo National Park. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Mathildedalin Kylapanimo in Salo, approximately Salo away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Turku online trip builder.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March in Turku, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Naantali Old Town, 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.
Popular historic sites such as Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Rosenlew Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari) and Yyteri Beach (in Pori). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere online trip builder.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. March in Tampere sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Pori, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Ahtari Zoo
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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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Neristan (Old Wooden Town) and Mustasaaren kirkko. Get in touch with nature at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Hietasaaren uimaranta. Venture out of the city with trips to Kyr0 Distillery Company (in Isokyro), Arctic Museum Nanoq (in Pietarsaari) and Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum (in Kokkola). There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, view the masterpieces at Tikanoja Art Museum, and see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum.

To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Vaasa tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. March in Vaasa sees daily highs of 2°C and lows of -6°C at night. Wrap up 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 ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Visiting Safaris and Syvasenvaara Fell will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, have fun at Santa Claus Office, and stroll through Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi online vacation maker.

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) early enough 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), grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort. On the next day, hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Akaslompolo holiday app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Akaslompolo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Akaslompolo, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Yllas Ski Resort, Levi 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 ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ukko-Koli and Ukko-Koli Hill. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Joensuu (Utra Beach, Joensuu Church, &more) and Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara). There's lots more to do: trek along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, Head underground at Pirunkirkko, stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and identify plant and animal life at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Akaslompolo to Koli National Park. In March, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -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
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-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. Get some cultural insight at Linden Esplanade and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. Get some historical perspective at Stromforsin Ruukki and Kotka Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Bunker Museum (in Virolahti), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti and stroll around Riverside Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Kotka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kotka takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In March in Kotka, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -5°C at night. 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

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

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