44 days in Finland Itinerary

44 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kotka
— 4 nights
2
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
3
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
4
Sotkamo
— 4 nights
5
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
6
Inari
— 2 nights
7
Tampere
— 4 nights
8
Turku
— 5 nights
9
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
10
Helsinki
— 6 nights

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Hiidenvuori and Stromforsin Ruukki. Escape the urban bustle at Valkmusa National Park and Santalahti Nature Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Lehman, admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka journey maker.

Sydney, Australia to Kotka is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Kotka is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kotka when traveling from Sydney in July, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Salpa Line Museum, Arboretum Mustila, Hiidenvuori, Stromforsin Ruukki
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Stromforsin Ruukki ©
Stromforsin Ruukki

4
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Olavinlinna Castle and Saimaa Canal. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kerimaki Church and Savonlinna Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Lammassaari Island (in Imatra) and Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Taipalsaaren kirkko, contemplate the long history of The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, and make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Savonlinna, Kerimaki Church, Repovesi National Park, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

4
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.
Visiting Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Herajarvi Hiking Trail and Kitee Zoo. When in Koli National Park, make a side trip to see Tohmajarven kirkko in Tohmajarvi, approximately Tohmajarvi away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park journey planner.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Tohmajarven kirkko, Kitee Zoo
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Tohmajarven kirkko ©
Tohmajarven kirkko
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

4
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Attractions like Hiidenportti National Park and Venajanhiekka make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hiukka and Boreal Wildlife Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Sotkamo: Wild Taiga (in Kuhmo) and Kajaani Church (in Kajaani). There's more to do: head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sotkamo driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Sotkamo in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kuhmo, Venajanhiekka, Kajaani Church
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Boreal Wildlife Centre ©
Boreal Wildlife Centre
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Ruka and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Bring the kids along to Kiutakongas Rapids and Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. Take a break from Kuusamo with a short trip to Riisitunturi National Park in Posio, about 1h 5 min away. There's more to do: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm and stop by Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Kuusamo trip planning site.

Drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Riisitunturi National Park, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get some cultural insight at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lemmenjoki National Park and Inari Reindeer Farm. It doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell and get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Inari online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Inari are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll get in some beach time at Yyteri Beach and Rauhaniemi Beach. Popular historic sites such as Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Päijänteen kansallispuisto (in Padasjoki) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). Pack the 26th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planning website.

You can fly from Inari to Tampere in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Inari in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tampere, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Päijänteen kansallispuisto, Yyteri Beach, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visit Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral for their historical value. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Vepsa Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Pernio (Teijo National Park & Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy), Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bellevue Beach, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Turku day trip site.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pernio, Rauma, Kurjenrahka National Park, Bellevue Beach
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 3:
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Soderlangvik Gard and then look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kimito Island online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Kimito Island sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik Gard
Soderlangvik Gard

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Linnanmaki Amusement Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Raseborg (Ekenas Archipelago National Park & Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Next up on the itinerary: deepen your knowledge of military history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Espoo Cathedral.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Kimito Island to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Raseborg, Espoo
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum

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