40 days in Finland Itinerary

40 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 4 nights
Fly
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Train
7
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
9
Kotka
— 6 nights
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Helsinki

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 the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Aurinkolahti Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Pack the 27th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), stop by Katajanokka, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Helsinki travel route builder tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. When traveling from Tel Aviv in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Helsinki, with highs around 25°C, while nights are colder with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
For shopping fun, head to Turun Kauppahalli or Galleria Joella. Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Turku to go to Pernio and see Teijo National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Relax by the water at Rauhaniemi Beach and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. Get some cultural insight at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Step out of Tampere to go to Ahtari and see Ahtari Zoo, which is approximately 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Ronga, stop by Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere tour planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Pori

Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 9th (Fri), look for gifts at Porin Kauppahalli, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and finally learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pori online day trip planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Pori, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Vaasa

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get some cultural insight at Neristan (Old Wooden Town) and Terranova. Venture out of the city with trips to Powerpark (in Harma), Arctic Museum Nanoq (in Pietarsaari) and Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava). Spend the 12th (Mon) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, make a splash at Tropiclandia, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Vaasa road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Pori to Vaasa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Vaasa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

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Rovaniemi

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Get in touch with nature at Pyha-Luosto National Park and Korouoma Canyon. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, see Santa Claus Office, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Rovaniemi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Oulu

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Head to Kauppahalli and Luovon Puojifor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Hupisaaret Park and Nallikari Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Ainolan Puisto, admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, have some family-friendly fun at Oulu Climbing Centre, and pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Oulu sightseeing app.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Koli National Park

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.
Get in touch with nature at Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Ukko-Koli Hill. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Taitokortteli and Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market). Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma (in Joensuu) and New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi). There's much more to do: hike along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and identify plant and animal life at Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen.

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You can drive from Oulu to Koli National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kotka.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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 outdoors at Repovesi National Park and Arboretum Mustila. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Linden Esplanade and Hamina Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Lappeenranta (Sandcastle Lappeenranta, Lappeenranta Fortress, &more), Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola) and Sibelius Hall (in Lahti). There's lots more to do: stroll around Riverside Park, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, and admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip maker tool.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kotka by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."