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). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, hike along The Archipelago Trail, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Turku day trip planning tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Turku. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · 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 learn about all things military at 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 · Museums · Nature

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: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Bunker Museum (in Virolahti). There's much more to do: walk around Riverside Park, stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail, let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, and admire the natural beauty at Palotorninvuori Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Kotka, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car 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: Imatrankoski (in Imatra), Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Puumala (Lietvesi Scenic Road & Lake Saimaa). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, head outdoors with Anjan Puisto, experience rural life at Hauhalan Hanhifarmi, and get your bearings at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli.

Make your Mikkeli itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Kotka to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In June in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive 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: Orinoro Gorge (in Leppavirta), Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi) and Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara). 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

Parks · Nature · 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 trip 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 see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

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): see the interesting displays 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 relax and rejuvenate 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

Parks · Outdoors · 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 Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, walk around Ainolan Puisto, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, and examine the collection at Oulun Taidemuseo.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Oulu sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Oulu takes 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can 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: see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, stroll around Nasi Park, examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

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 · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."