31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Saariselka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 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). Pack the 3rd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Santiago de Compostela, Spain to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Santiago de Compostela to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Santiago de Compostela in June, plan for little chillier days in Helsinki, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 6:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: VMB Fishing (in Salo) and Forssa Museum (in Forssa). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, stroll around Kupittaa Park, and don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turku day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

Vaasa

— 4 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Explore Vaasa's surroundings by going to Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava), Aspegrens Rosenlund (in Pietarsaari) and Powerpark (in Harma). Spend the 11th (Mon) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret, examine the collection at Stundars Museum, get outside with Setterbergin Puisto, and hike along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vaasa trip site.

You can drive from Turku to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:

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.
On the 15th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Saariselka online route planner.

Fly from Vaasa to Saariselka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Saariselka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, get outside with Karhunkierros, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, surround yourself with nature on Ruka Safaris Ltd - Day Tours, then soothe aching muscles at Rukaland, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo online trip maker.

Getting from Saariselka to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 17:

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.
Step out of Koli National Park to go to Rautavaara and see Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Makravaara Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:

Imatra

— 3 nights
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Venture out of the city with trips to Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala), Kummakivi Boulder (in Ruokolahti) and Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, stop by Imatran Kalatalo, and admire the engineering at Imatrankoski.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Imatra takes 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Imatra are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Kotka

— 5 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, &more), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). There's still lots to do: stroll around Riverside Park, admire the natural beauty at Fuksinpuisto Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and enjoy some diversion at Katariina Seaside Park.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kotka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Kotka takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:

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."