32 days in Finland & Tavastia Proper Itinerary

32 days in Finland & Tavastia Proper Itinerary

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32 days in Finland & Tavastia Proper Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  22​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
6
Muonio
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
Sotkamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Rantasalmi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Imatra
— 1 night
10
Kotka
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
11
Lahti
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney


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7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Aurinkolahti Beach and Korkeasaari Zoo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Pack the 7th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach, and get a taste of the local shopping with Flamingo Entertainment Centre.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki journey planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Flamingo Entertainment Center, The Finnish Museum of Horology
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some historical perspective at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Ett Hem Museum. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya--about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and trek along The Archipelago Trail.

To find out how to plan a trip to Turku, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get in touch with nature at Suolijarvi Beach and Rauhaniemi Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Holy Cross Church and Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Haemeenlinna to see Hame Castle about 1h 15 min away. It doesn't end there: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Tampere road trip planning website .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Theme Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Holy Cross Church, Hame Castle
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach and then stroll through Kirjurinluoto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla and then pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

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Getting from Tampere to Pori by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 15th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla ©
Kauppakeskus Puuvilla

2
nights
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

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Traveling by car from Pori to Mustasaari takes 3 hours. May in Mustasaari sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©

1
night
Muonio

Muonio
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Muonio route planning website .

Drive from Mustasaari to Muonio in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Mustasaari in May, expect Muonio to be a bit cooler, temps between 9°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Muonio

Historic Sites
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3
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Paltaniemi Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli, then enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka, and then get great views at Vuokatinvaara.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sotkamo day trip app .

Traveling by car from Muonio to Sotkamo takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Muonio in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sotkamo: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vuokatinvaara, Paltaniemi Church
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Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Paltaniemi Church ©
Paltaniemi Church

2
nights
Rantasalmi

Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Rantasalmi trip planner .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Rantasalmi in 4 hours. In May in Rantasalmi, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Savonlinna
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

1
night
Imatra

Imatra ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rautjarven kirkko, and finally don't miss a visit to Ruokolahden Kirkko.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Imatra road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Rantasalmi to Imatra in 2 hours. May in Imatra sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Rautjarven kirkko, Ruokolahden Kirkko
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko

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. Popular historic sites such as Stromforsin ruukki and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry are in your itinerary. Relax by the water at Lehman and Santalahti Nature Trail. When in Kotka, make a side trip to see Valkmusa National Park in Siltakyla, approximately 30 minutes away. There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Imatra to Kotka in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Valkmusa National Park, Stromforsin ruukki
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Lehman ©
Lehman
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

3
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Escape the urban bustle at Päijänteen kansallispuisto and Kelvenne Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Padasjoen Tuomastornit in Padasjoki (about 52 minutes away). There's much more to do: get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, have fun at Hohtokeila Lahti, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lahti trip planning app .

You can drive from Kotka to Lahti in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Lahti, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Padasjoki, Messila Maailma Oy Ski Center
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Päijänteen kansallispuisto ©
Päijänteen kansallispuisto
Sibelius Hall ©
Sibelius Hall
Padasjoen Tuomastornit ©
Padasjoen Tuomastornit

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