37 days in Finland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

37 days in Finland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

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37 days in Finland & Southwest Finland Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Pyhatunturi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Saariselka
— 1 day
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Sotkamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Rantasalmi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Kouvola
— 2 nights
9
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Turku
— 3 nights
12
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Berlin

2
nights
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Pyhatunturi, identify plant and animal life at Kopara Reindeer Park, and then explore and take pictures at Amethyst Mine Lapland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pyhatunturi tour planning tool .

Berlin, Germany to Pyhatunturi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Luosto, Pyhatunturi
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Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Pyhatunturi ©
Pyhatunturi
Amethyst Mine Lapland ©
Amethyst Mine Lapland

1
day
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): stroll through Urho Kekkonen National Park, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Saariselka day trip planner.

Drive from Pyhatunturi to Saariselka in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Saariselka are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Stromso, kick back and relax at Hietasaaren uimaranta, then examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then examine the collection at Terranova, and finally take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mustasaari road trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Saariselka to Mustasaari. In August, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Vaasa
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta ©
Hietasaaren uimaranta

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church, and finally stroll through Nallikari Beach. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, enjoy some diversion at Tietomaa, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ainolan Puisto, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Oulu vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Mustasaari to Oulu in 5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church

3
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. We've included these beaches for you: Venajanhiekka and Hiukka. Get outdoors at Hiidenportti National Park and Ukkohalla Ski & Sport Resort. Explore Sotkamo's surroundings by going to Kajaani (Pietari Brahen Patsas & Kajaani Castle ruins). There's more to do: enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sotkamo holiday maker app .

You can drive from Oulu to Sotkamo in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Sotkamo can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kajaani, Ukkohalla Ski & Sport Resort, Vuokatti Bowling, Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Kajaani Castle ruins ©
Kajaani Castle ruins

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Step out of the city life by going to Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Pielinen. Explore Koli National Park's surroundings by going to Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi) and Joensuu (Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, Carelicum, & more).

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park day trip website .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Joensuu, Koli, Tohmajarven kirkko
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

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. On the 10th (Mon), examine the collection at Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rantasalmi trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Rantasalmi in 3 hours. In September in Rantasalmi, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Savonlinna, Mekaanisen Musiikin Museo
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 12th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. On the next day, have fun and explore at Kouvola Model Railroad Museum, then take a stroll through Hamina Old Town, then explore the galleries of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and finally hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To plan Kouvola vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Rantasalmi to Kouvola takes 3 hours. September in Kouvola sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina Old Town
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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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.
Relax by the water at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Korkeasaari Zoo and Nuuksio National Park. Pack the 19th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, step off the mainland to explore Pihlajasaari Recreational Park, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip app .

You can take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik, take in the waterfront activity at Helsingholm Guest Harbour, and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kimito Island day trip planning app .

Drive from Helsinki to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. September in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore and learn at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get outdoors at Vepsa Island and The Archipelago Trail. Step out of Turku to go to Poytya and see Kurjenrahka National Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Kurjenrahka National Park, Naantali Old Town
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, then examine the collection at Villa Mairea, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pori day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Rosenlew Museum ©
Rosenlew Museum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

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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 Rauhaniemi Beach and Viikinsaari Island. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Hame Castle in Haemeenlinna--about 1h 15 min away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Maltinranta Artcenter, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere holiday planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Hame Castle
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing