32 days in Finland Itinerary

32 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 3 nights
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train
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Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
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Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Ivalo Airport, Drive to Inari
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Inari
— 3 nights
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— 8 nights
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Kotka

— 3 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Linden Esplanade and Hamina Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Kouvola (Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area & Tykkimaen Sauna). There's still lots to do: stroll around Riverside Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kotka trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Kotka is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from New Delhi in September, with highs in Kotka at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Wildlife · Neighborhoods · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Relax by the water at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. Get some cultural insight at Naantali Old Town and Turku Castle. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Teijo National Park (in Pernio), Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and VMB Fishing (in Salo). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral and trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. October in Turku sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 8:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Relax by the water at Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Change things up with a short trip to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto in Ylojarvi (about 56 minutes away). It doesn't end there: test the waters at Tullin Sauna and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, and then kick back and relax at Hietasaaren uimaranta. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Vaasa trip itinerary site.

You can take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Vaasa are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:

Sotkamo

— 2 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka and then stroll through Venajanhiekka.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sotkamo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Vaasa to Sotkamo by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Vaasa in October, you will find days in Sotkamo are slightly colder (5°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Utra Beach and Honkaniemi Beach. Spend the 17th (Sun) exploring nature at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail. And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, stroll through Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen, and trek along Paha-Koli Hill.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:

Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. And it doesn't end there: experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and get advice or help at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari planner.

Explore your travel options from Koli National Park to Inari with the Route module. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Koli National Park in October: high temperatures in Inari hover around 3°C and lows are around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

Helsinki

— 8 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Get some historical perspective at Temppeliaukio Church and The Esplanadi Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Guide-Matti (in Tammisaari). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Katajanokka, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, examine the collection at Didrichsen Art Museum, and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki road trip planning app.

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in October, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 31:

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."