35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

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35 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Vaasa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Lahti
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Seattle

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get out of town with these interesting Rovaniemi side-trips: Amethyst Mine Lapland (in Luosto), Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy, pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and see Santa Claus Office.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip planning website .

Seattle, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Seattle to Rovaniemi. Traveling from Seattle in September, expect Rovaniemi to be a bit cooler, temps between 53°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pyha-Luosto National Park, Amethyst Mine Lapland, Ranua Zoo
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Oulu is known for shopping, beaches, nightlife, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and explore the activities along Koitelinkoski.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Oulu trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Oulu are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Koitelinkoski, Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Koitelinkoski
Koitelinkoski
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery. On your second day here, take some stellar pictures from Saltkaret, snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta, see the interesting displays at Terranova, then see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and finally cool off at Tropiclandia.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Vaasa online travel route planner .

You can drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Mustasaari
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Bock’s Corner Brewery ©
Bock’s Corner Brewery

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) & Yyteri Beach). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tampere day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Visavuori
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step out of Turku to go to Rauma and see Old Rauma, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Turku online journey planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

3
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahti: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Laune Central Park, take a stroll around Sibelius Hall, see the interesting displays at Lahti Ski Museum, and enjoy some diversion at Lahti Sports Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lahti journey planner.

Drive from Turku to Lahti in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Lahti are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kouvola, Church of Hollola
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Laune Central Park ©
Laune Central Park
Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Kerimaki (Salpa Line & Kerimaki Church). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Pielinen, admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni, pause for some serene contemplation at Joensuu Church, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market).

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Joensuu day trip site .

Traveling by car from Lahti to Joensuu takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Kerimaki
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Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-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. Kotka is known for parks, museums, zoos & aquariums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, appreciate the history behind Kotka Sculpture Promenade, explore the galleries of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kotka visit planning website .

Getting from Joensuu to Kotka by car takes about 4 hours. In October in Kotka, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Trails
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

5
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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, stroll around The Esplanadi Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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