42 days in Finland Itinerary

42 days in Finland Itinerary

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42 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Oulu
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  2 h 45 min
7
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h
8
Vaasa
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
9
Tampere
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Helsinki

4
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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki online tour itinerary planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Helsinki. In March, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). And it doesn't end there: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and walk around Sibelius Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka vacation planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Kouvola, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Valkmusa National Park
Find places to stay Mar 24 — 28:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area

5
nights
Koli National Park

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Kuopio (Kuopio Harbor, Valkeisenlampi, &more).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park road trip app .

You can drive from Kotka to Koli National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In March, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kuopio, Koli
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Ukko-Koli ©
Ukko-Koli
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Explore Oulu's surroundings by going to Kemi (Perameren Kansallispuisto & Kemi Church). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, stroll around Ainolan Puisto, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Oulu online journey planner .

Drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. April in Oulu sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kemi, Koitelinkoski
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Koitelinkoski ©
Koitelinkoski
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park
Outdoors Oulu Oy ©
Outdoors Oulu Oy

5
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Korouoma Canyon in Posio, approximately Posio away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In April in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Korouoma Canyon
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

3
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Levi: Seven Fells Up (in Akaslompolo) and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park (in Muonio). Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort, hit the slopes at Kids' Land, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort, and relax in the rural setting at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Levi trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Levi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Levi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Seven Fells Up, Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park, Yllas Ski Resort
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Icekarting Levi ©
Icekarting Levi
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Saariselka (Hippupuoti Gift Shop & Ruijanpolku Trail). There's still lots to do: get a taste of life in the country at Angeli Reindeer Farm, see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and hike along Juutua Nature Trail.

To find other places to visit and more tourist information, read Inari trip website .

You can fly from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Saariselka
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 16:
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Angeli Reindeer Farm ©
Angeli Reindeer Farm
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Explore Vaasa's surroundings by going to Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava), Saltkaret (in Mustasaari) and Kyr0 Distillery Company (in Isokyro). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, examine the collection at Museum of South Ostrobothnia, browse the collection at Seinajoki Library, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Vaasa online trip builder .

You can fly from Inari to Vaasa in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in April, with highs in Vaasa at 7°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Seinajoki, Mustasaari, Stundars Museum, Kyr0 Distillery Company, Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 20:
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library
Ojberget ©
Ojberget

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: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, &more) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, get in on the excitement at Irti Maasta Tampere, have some family-friendly fun at PortaaliVR, and take in panoramic vistas at Padasjoen Tuomastornit.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tampere trip planner.

Take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Visavuori
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 25:
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Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Ahvenisto ©
Ahvenisto

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pargas Lime Stone Quarry (in Pargas), Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, browse the collection at Turku City Library, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Turku online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Naantali, Pargas Lime Stone Quarry, Teijo National Park, Bonk Museum, Louhisaari Manor
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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