43 days in Finland Itinerary

43 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Rauma
— 2 nights
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Turku
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, explore the galleries of Mannerheim Museum, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip maker site.

Tallinn, Estonia to Helsinki is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In April in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 19 — 25:

Kotka

— 3 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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Linden Esplanade and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki), Ungern and Rosen Fortresses (in Loviisa) and Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). The adventure continues: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, examine the collection at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, and head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

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

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Kotka are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to fly to Kuopio.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 28:

Kuopio

— 5 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Riuttala Farmhouse Museum and Kuopion Korttelimuseo. Venture out of the city with trips to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). The adventure continues: examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor, and get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kuopio holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Kotka to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Kuopio are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 3:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pielisen Museum and Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko. Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Old Mine Mining Museum in Outokumpu--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, explore the fascinating underground world of Pirunkirkko, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In May in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 3 — 7:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step out of Kuusamo to go to Juuma and see Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, get a taste of life in the country at Kujala Reindeer Farm, explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours.

To plan Kuusamo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Koli National Park in May; daily highs in Kuusamo reach 11°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 10:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Arktikum and Korundi House of Culture. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oulu: Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski, get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, delve into the distant past at Kierikkikeskus, and examine the collection at Oulun Taidemuseo.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Oulu itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Oulu are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 13 — 16:

Vaasa

— 3 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Stundars Museum and Mustasaaren kirkko. Venture out of the city with trips to Saltkaret (in Mustasaari) and Kuddnas Museum (in Uusikaarlepyy). Spend the 17th (Mon) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Terranova, snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta, and stroll through Ojberget.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Vaasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. May in Vaasa sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Old Church of Keuruu and Sara Hilden Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere road trip planning website.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 24:

Rauma

— 2 nights
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 25th (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, examine the collection at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, then explore the world behind art at Rauma Art Museum, then learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Marela Museum House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): examine the collection at Bonk Museum, then visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, and finally stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo.

Plan a Rauma trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tampere to Rauma in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Rauma, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Castle and Ett Hem Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: VMB Fishing (in Salo) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, stroll through The Archipelago Trail, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, and admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Turku vacation builder.

Drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 31:

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."