43 days in Finland Itinerary

43 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

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Turku
— 4 nights
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Kotka
— 5 nights
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Mikkeli
— 4 nights
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Kuopio
— 5 nights
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
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Oulu
— 4 nights
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Mustasaari
— 2 nights
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Tampere
— 5 nights
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Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Salo (Mathildedalin Kylapanimo & VMB Fishing). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, gain insight at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip builder tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Turku. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 23:

Helsinki

— 7 nights

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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 23 — 30:

Kotka

— 5 nights
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 out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Riverside Park, stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Kotka are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 4:

Mikkeli

— 4 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mikkeli: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Imatrankoski (in Imatra) and Puumala (Lietvesi Scenic Road & Lake Saimaa). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, brush up on your military savvy at Communications Centre Lokki, explore the venue of Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, and head outdoors with Anjan Puisto.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli trip planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 8:

Kuopio

— 5 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuopio: Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara), Orinoro Gorge (in Leppavirta) and Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, and examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Kuopio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 13:

Koli National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, take in the pleasant sights at Rylays Hill, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park journey website.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 13 — 17:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. On your second day here, experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then get a taste of life in the country at Kujala Reindeer Farm, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Rukaland, and finally explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo tour website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in June, you will find days in Kuusamo are slightly colder (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

Oulu

— 4 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Explore Oulu's surroundings by going to Raahe Museum (in Raahe) and Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, and explore the ancient world of Kierikkikeskus.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oulu trip maker.

Drive from Kuusamo to Oulu in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 23:

Mustasaari

— 2 nights
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Saltkaret.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mustasaari trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Mustasaari takes 5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Mustasaari can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 25:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Ahvenisto (in Hameenlinna). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and walk around Nasi Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Tampere takes 4 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:

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."