38 days in Finland Itinerary

38 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Turku
— 4 nights
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Tampere
— 5 nights
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Mustasaari
— 1 night
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Oulu
— 3 nights
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 1 night
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Muonio
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 3 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. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, admire the striking features of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, and stroll around Riverside Park.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read Kotka online holiday planner.

Washington, USA to Kotka is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. Traveling from Washington in September, expect nights in Kotka to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are much colder, around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 29:

Helsinki

— 6 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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in September, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 5:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Venture out of the city with trips to VMB Fishing (in Salo) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, admire the natural beauty at Turku University Botanical Garden, find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, and get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

Before you visit Turku, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

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: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi), Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki) and Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, get engrossed in the history at Visavuori, and look for gifts at Hameenkatu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Tampere are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:

Mustasaari

— 1 night
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 15th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mustasaari road trip planning site.

You can drive from Tampere to Mustasaari in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 15:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Oulu is known for shopping, beaches, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: walk around Hupisaaret Park, grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu journey planner.

Drive from Mustasaari to Oulu in 5 hours. In October in Oulu, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, get great views at Rylays Hill, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, and see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip builder website.

You can drive from Oulu to Koli National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In October in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 23:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with a short trip to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail in Juuma (about 38 minutes away). There's much more to do: get outside with Karhunkierros, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, soothe aching muscles at Rukaland, and experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo online route planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in October, you will find days in Kuusamo are slightly colder (37°F), and nights are about the same (29°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Saariselka

— 1 night
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): trek along Urho Kekkonen National Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Saariselka route maker site.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Saariselka in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
Highlights from your trip

Muonio

— 2 nights
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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Keimiotunturi Fell and then take in the awesome beauty at Sarkitunturi.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Muonio online journey planner.

You can drive from Saariselka to Muonio in 4 hours. October in Muonio sees daily highs of 35°F and lows of 26°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 30th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Santa Claus Village and then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Muonio to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. In October in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 37°F during the day and 30°F at night. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

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."