34 days in Finland Itinerary

34 days in Finland Itinerary

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34 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Kigali
Fly:  22​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Vaasa
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
7
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 30​min
End: Kigali

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.
Let the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Rock Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Hirsala Golf (in Kirkkonummi) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, look for all kinds of wild species at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

Kigali, Rwanda to Helsinki is an approximately 22-hour flight. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Kigali in March, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Espoo, Hirsala Golf, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 19th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Soderlangvik and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island vacation builder app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik
Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park

4
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. Venture out of the city with trips to Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Teijo national park (in Pernio). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Vepsa Island, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and make a trip to Naantali Old Town.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Turku travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Turku are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bellevue Beach, Naantali Old Town, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Teijo National Park
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala), Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere route planner .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March in Tampere, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ahtari Zoo, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Pihamaa Estate & Winery
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

5
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Arctic Museum Nanoq and Terranova. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Neristan (Old Wooden Town) and Soderfjardenin Meteoriihi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaasa: Saltkaret (in Mustasaari), Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia (in Kokkola) and Kyr0 Distillery Company (in Isokyro). Spend a day of island exploring on the 29th (Fri) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Tampere to Vaasa by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Arktikum and Korundi House of Culture. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, have a few drinks at Feel Vegas - Club Rovaniemi, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi planner .

Getting from Vaasa to Rovaniemi by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vaasa in April, expect nights in Rovaniemi to be about the same, around -3°C, while days are little chillier, around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa's House of Snowmobiles ©
Santa's House of Snowmobiles

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Pielisen Museum and Koli Nature Centre Ukko will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Venajanhiekka in Rautavaara--about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 6°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Koli Nature Centre Ukko, Venajanhiekka
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
 Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen ©

4
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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Stromforsin ruukki and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. You'll explore and learn at Bunker Museum and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Hiidenvuori (in Iitti) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, stroll through Beach Mansikkalahti, enjoy the sand and surf at Aijanniemi Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kotka takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In April, daytime highs in Kotka are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hamina, Stromforsin ruukki, Hiidenvuori, Bunker Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry ©
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry

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