40 days in Finland Itinerary

40 days in Finland Itinerary

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40 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sarajevo
Fly:  7​h
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 5 nights
3
Imatra
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Joensuu
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Oulu
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  4​h 15​min
7
Tampere
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Pori
— 3 nights
9
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Hanko
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Sarajevo

6
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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and National Museum of Finland. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius in Jarvenpaa, about 44 minutes away. Pack the 29th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, enjoy the sand and surf at Aurinkolahti Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip maker app .

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina to Helsinki is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sarajevo to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

5
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. Visit Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and St. John's Church for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Salpa Line Museum and Bunker Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill) and Lahti (Lahti Ski Museum & Motorcycle Museum of Finland). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Beach Mansikkalahti, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kotka tour app .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Lahti, Bunker Museum, Salpa Line Museum
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Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum

3
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Olavinlinna Castle and Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum. You'll explore and learn at Wolkoff House Museum and Lappeenranta Fortress. Venture out of the city with trips to Savonlinna (Savonlinna Provincial Museum & Pikkukirkko) and Lappeenranta (Sandcastle Lappeenranta & Saimaa Canal). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, and admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Imatra day trip site .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Imatra are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Imatra

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Savonlinna, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©

4
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Popular historic sites such as Kerimaki Church and New Valamo Monastery are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pielisen Museum and Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joensuu: Kuopio (Kuopio Market City Hall, Kuopion Korttelimuseo, & more) and Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, get in on the family fun at Treetop Adventure Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Joensuu Church, and stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Joensuu trip builder .

You can drive from Imatra to Joensuu in 2.5 hours. July in Joensuu sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Kuopio, Kerimaki Church, Old Mine Mining Museum, Pielisen Museum, New Valamo Monastery
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:
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Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma ©
Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum

1
night
Sotkamo

Sotkamo
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 14th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka and then find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sotkamo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Sotkamo takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Sotkamo are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti
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4
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Appreciate the collections at Raahe Museum and The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley. Kierikki Stone Age Centre and Haukipudas Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Oulu: Kemi (Kemi Church & Sampo Icebreaker). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, and hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli.

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

Drive from Sotkamo to Oulu in 2.5 hours. July in Oulu sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Childrens Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Kemi, Haukipudas Church, The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, Raahe Museum, Kierikki Stone Age Centre
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Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo

6
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
We've included these beaches for you: Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. Visavuori and Tampere Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Mantta-Vilppula (Serlachius Museum Gustaf & Serlachius Museum Gosta), Parola Tank Museum (in Parola) and Hame Castle (in Haemeenlinna). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Oulu to Tampere takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mantta-Vilppula, Hame Castle, Parola Tank Museum, Visavuori
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Parola Tank Museum ©
Parola Tank Museum

3
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Get some cultural insight at Automobile Museum and Bonk Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Rauma and Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki. Change things up with these side-trips from Pori: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, and see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pori trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Rauma, Uusikaupunki, Villa Mairea
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Bonk Museum ©
Bonk Museum

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Relax by the water at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Vepsa Island. Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and ArtBank (in Parainen). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Sibeliusmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Turku Art Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Turku visit planning app .

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Hanko.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, ArtBank, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Louhisaari Manor ©
Louhisaari Manor

2
nights
Hanko

Hanko ©
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach, then explore the ancient world of Raseborg Castle, and then get engrossed in the history at Ekenas Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Hanko Water Tower, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Katarinan kirkko, and then see the interesting displays at Fiskars museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hanko route planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Hanko takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hanko

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Raseborg, Pyhan Katarinan kirkko, Fiskars museum
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Fiskars museum ©
Fiskars museum
Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle
EKTA museum ©
EKTA museum

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