43 days in Finland Itinerary

43 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
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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
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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 some cultural insight at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip maker app.

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 your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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: Ungern and Rosen Fortresses (in Loviisa), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). The adventure continues: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, walk around Riverside Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

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 · Outdoors

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 Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo. Venture out of the city with trips to Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, see the interesting displays at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, 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

Nature · Parks · 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 Koli Nature Centre Ukko. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko (in Joensuu) and Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Ukko-Koli, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the fascinating underground world of Pirunkirkko, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. May in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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. Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, get outside with Karhunkierros, surround yourself with nature on Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at Kuusamo Safaris Day Tours.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kuusamo itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Koli National Park in May, with highs in Kuusamo at 11°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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 Santa's House of Snowmobiles. The adventure continues: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and see Santa Claus Office.

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

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · 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, take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, delve into the distant past at Kierikkikeskus, and explore the world behind art 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 Kuddnas Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Saltkaret in Mustasaari (about 40 minutes away). 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, pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ojberget.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Vaasa road trip site.

Getting from Oulu to Vaasa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · 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 Visavuori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Sara Hilden Art Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Vaasa to Tampere by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

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.

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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 Turku Cathedral. 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: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Turku day trip site.

Traveling by car from Rauma to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Turku, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to 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 · 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."