42 days in Finland Itinerary

42 days in Finland Itinerary

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42 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Vaasa
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Tampere
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Rovaniemi. In August in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Korouoma Canyon, Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Explore Vaasa's surroundings by going to Seinajoki (Seinajoki Library, Wallsports Areena Seinajoki, & more), Saltkaret (in Mustasaari) and Powerpark (in Harma). Spend a day of island exploring on the 23rd (Fri) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip planner .

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Vaasa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Vaasa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Seinajoki, Saltkaret, Powerpark
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Powerpark ©
Powerpark
Saltkaret ©
Saltkaret

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Yyteri Beach (in Pori), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Ahvenisto Activity Park (in Haemeenlinna). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Spend the 31st (Sat) exploring nature at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner .

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Visavuori, Ahvenisto Activity Park, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Yyteri Beach
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

5
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: Pargas Lime Stone Quarry (in Parainen), Rauma (The Old Town Hall Museum, Ruokapuoti Lumo, & more) and Teijo national park (in Pernio). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, browse the collection at Turku City Library, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and gain insight at Turku Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali, Pargas Lime Stone Quarry, Teijo National Park
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, and finally stroll through Lilla holmen.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn road trip planner .

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kuopio.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Go for a jaunt from Kuopio to Karttula to see Riuttala Farmhouse Museum about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, have fun at Vainolanniemi, and examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kuopio trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Kuopio takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. September in Kuopio sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trip

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
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Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

5
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park holiday site .

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kolovesi National Park (in Enonkoski), Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and Mikkeli (Communications Centre Lokki & Anjan Puisto). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Savonlinna visit planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In September in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mikkeli, Kummakivi Boulder, Church of St. Nicholas, Kolovesi National Park, Siikalahti Wetland
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, & more) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, examine the collection at Museum of Aviation, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and wander the streets of Linden Esplanade.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kotka vacation planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kotka are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 46 minutes away. Pack the 25th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trip

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

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