40 days in Finland Itinerary

40 days in Finland Itinerary

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40 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Joensuu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
8
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Vaasa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Helsinki

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get in on the family fun at Linnanmaki Amusement Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and walk around The Esplanadi Park.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Helsinki. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Saimaa Canal (in Lappeenranta). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and walk around Palotorninvuori Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kotka route planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Kotka, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kouvola, Saimaa Canal, Salpa Line Museum
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

Discover how to plan a Turku trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma, Teijo National Park
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 30th (Tue), take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): walk around Lilla holmen, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then take an in-depth tour of Kobba Klintar, and finally see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Mariehamn trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Room Escape Games

4
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi), Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara) and St. George Church (in Joroinen). And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor, admire the majestic nature at Snellman Park, and take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kuopio tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Mariehamn to Kuopio in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July, daytime highs in Kuopio are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Southern Konnevesi National park, St. George Church, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto, Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:
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Room Escape Games
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

4
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala), Savonlinna (Pikkukirkko, Olavinlinna Castle, & more) and Kerimaki Church (in Kerimaki). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolovesi National Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Joensuu trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Joensuu takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Joensuu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Savonlinna, Koli National Park, Kolovesi National Park, Kerimaki Church, Siikalahti Wetland
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pielinen ©
Pielinen

4
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Lieksa is known for museums, wildlife, outdoors, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Akka-Koli Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and make a trip to Paateri.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lieksa trip planning app .

You can drive from Joensuu to Lieksa in 2 hours. August in Lieksa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Paateri ©
Paateri

4
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Korouoma Canyon in Posio, about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, and look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Korouoma Canyon
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Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaasa: Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki), Powerpark (in Harma) and Saltkaret (in Mustasaari). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, see the interesting displays at Terranova, and snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa trip app .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Vaasa in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Seinajoki Library, Powerpark, Arctic Museum Nanoq
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Powerpark ©
Powerpark
Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq

5
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: Yyteri Beach (in Pori), Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, and kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary app .

Getting from Vaasa to Tampere by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Visavuori, Yyteri Beach, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

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