40 days in Finland Itinerary

40 days in Finland Itinerary

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40 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kajaani
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Joensuu
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
6
Vaasa
— 4 nights
7
Pori
— 4 nights
8
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Toronto

4
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like German Soldier s Cemetery and Rovaniemi Church. Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Poro Farmi. Take a break from Rovaniemi with a short trip to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi, about 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and see Santa Claus Office.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi online tour planner .

Toronto, Canada to Rovaniemi is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Rovaniemi is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toronto in May: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo and Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo. Visiting Safaris and Koitelinkoski will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: stroll around Hupisaaret Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Oulu trip planner .

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Koitelinkoski
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Safaris
Koitelinkoski
Koitelinkoski

4
nights
Kajaani

Kajaani ©
Step out of the city life by going to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Kainuun Vaellustalli. Get some historical perspective at Paltaniemi Church and Kajaani Castle ruins. Venture out of the city with trips to Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara) and Hiidenportti National Park (in Sotkamo).

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kajaani trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Oulu to Kajaani takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Kajaani can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kajaani

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rautavaara, Sotkamo, Paltaniemi Church, Vuokatinvaara
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park

6
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Step out of the city life by going to Paha-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Uhrihalkeama and Joensuu Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joensuu: Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli) and Lieksa (Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto & Neitikoski Rapids). There's lots more to do: hike along Akka-Koli Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla, and ski along the peaceful trails at Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Joensuu online visit planner .

You can drive from Kajaani to Joensuu in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Lieksa, Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimaki Church. Get in touch with nature at Kolovesi National Park and Kummakivi Boulder. Get out of town with these interesting Savonlinna side-trips: Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala), Puumalan Lake (in Puumala) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip maker tool .

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Puumalan Lake, Siikalahti Wetland, Linnansaari National Park, Kolovesi National Park
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Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Visiting Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Setterbergin Puisto will get you outdoors. Neristan (Old Wooden Town) and Mustasaaren kirkko will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Vaasa: Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia (in Kokkola) and Wallsports Areena Seinajoki (in Seinajoki). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Edvinin Taidepuisto Ja Korsukyla, sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum.

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Getting from Savonlinna to Vaasa by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Vaasa are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Outdoors Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kokkola, Wallsports Areena Seinajoki
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

4
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Yyteri Beach and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Visit Old Rauma and Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pori: Tampere (Riihiniemen Uimaranta & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach.

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Traveling by car from Vaasa to Pori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Pori are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tampere, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Old Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Uto and Archangel Michael's church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Teijo National Park in Pernio, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: trek along The Archipelago Trail, don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, stroll through Bike Rental - by Carfield, and get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Turku journey planner.

Getting from Pori to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Naantali, Teijo National Park
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Uutelan luontopolku. Temppeliaukion Church and Katajanokka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Spend the 11th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, trek along Pornaistenniemi Nature Trail, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

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You can drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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