40 days in Finland Itinerary

40 days in Finland Itinerary

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40 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Quito
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Vaasa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Kouvola
— 3 nights
10
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Quito

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get outdoors at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Arctic Emotions Oy. Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Luosto Adventures in Luosto--about 1h 40 min away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Poro Farmi, see Santa Claus Office, explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planner.

Quito, Ecuador to Rovaniemi is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Quito to Rovaniemi. In June, Rovaniemi is little chillier than Quito - with highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Luosto Adventures, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

3
nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Get in touch with nature at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lake Inari. Get out of town with these interesting Saariselka side-trips: Inari (Juutua Nature Trail & Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church). Spend the 23rd (Sun) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Saariselka are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Lemmenjoki National Park, Gold Prospector Museum
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Get outdoors at Kiutakongas Rapids and Karhunkierros. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuusamo: Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma) and Posio (Riisitunturi National Park & Korouoma Canyon). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo online route planner .

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Posio, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

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. Get outdoors at Akka-Koli Hill and Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto. Spend the 29th (Sat) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lieksa tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Lieksa takes 5.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kuusamo in June: highs in Lieksa hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

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nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Get in touch with nature at Paha-Koli Hill and Pielinen. Take a break from Joensuu with a short trip to Kolovesi National Park in Enonkoski, about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joensuu Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Joensuu itinerary maker website .

Getting from Lieksa to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. In July in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Kolovesi National Park
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Wallsports Areena Seinajoki. Visit Neristan (Old Wooden Town) and Mustasaaren kirkko for their historical value. Explore Vaasa's surroundings by going to Kyr0 Distillery Company (in Isokyro) and The Devil's Nest (in Jalasjarvi). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Setterbergin Puisto, trek along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, and examine the collection at Terranova.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Vaasa takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daytime highs in Vaasa are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Neristan (Old Wooden Town), Wallsports Areena Seinajoki, Kyr0 Distillery Company, Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, Pirunpesa
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Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
Kyr0 Distillery Company ©
Kyr0 Distillery Company

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nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Escape the urban bustle at Yyteri Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip maker .

Getting from Vaasa to Tampere by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; 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 12th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Vitikkala Manor, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Yyteri Beach
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Uto. Get in touch with nature at The Archipelago Trail and Bike Rental - by Carfield. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kultaranta Garden, and soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Naantali, Bellevue Beach, Teijo National Park
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get outdoors at Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Get some historical perspective at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Savitaipale Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Kotka (Santalahti Nature Trail, Linden Esplanade, & more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Kouvola in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In July in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Savitaipale Church, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
The Astuvansalmi rock paintings ©
The Astuvansalmi rock paintings

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temppeliaukion Church and Helsinki Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Hiidenkirnut (in Askola). Spend the 24th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Pornaistenniemi Nature Trail, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

You can take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto, Hiidenkirnut
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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