44 days in Finland Itinerary

44 days in Finland Itinerary

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44 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  26​h
1
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Sotkamo
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
6
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
7
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Sydney

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stromforsin ruukki and Hiidenvuori. Get some cultural insight at Linden Esplanade and St. John's Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). There's much more to do: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, step off the mainland to explore Lehman, contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kotka trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Kotka is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Kotka is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kotka, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin ruukki, Salpa Line Museum, Valkmusa National Park
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Imatra Waterfall and Lammassaari Island. Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimaki Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Savonlinna Cathedral (in Savonlinna), Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taipalsaaren kirkko.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta driving holiday website .

Drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Savonlinna, Repovesi National Park, Kerimaki Church, Taipalsaaren kirkko
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Ukko-Koli Hill. Attractions like Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Kitee Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Tohmajarven kirkko in Tohmajarvi--about 1h 50 min away.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip maker .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park in 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kitee Zoo, Tohmajarven kirkko
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Tohmajarven kirkko ©
Tohmajarven kirkko
Kitee Zoo ©
Kitee Zoo

4
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Bring the kids along to Venajanhiekka and Hiukka. Get outdoors at Boreal Wildlife Centre and Wild Taiga. Step out of Sotkamo with an excursion to Kajaani Church in Kajaani--about 48 minutes away. Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Hiidenportti National Park. It doesn't end there: head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sotkamo road trip tool .

Getting from Koli National Park to Sotkamo by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Sotkamo are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°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

Venajanhiekka, Kajaani Church, Boreal Wildlife Centre
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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. Step off the beaten path and head to Kiutakongas Rapids and Riisitunturi National Park. Get outdoors at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail and Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Ruka, look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, and explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, Riisitunturi National Park
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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 a sense of the local culture at Siida and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get outdoors at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Inari Reindeerfarm. Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
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.
Family-friendly places like Yyteri Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum will thrill your kids. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Rauhaniemi Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Päijänteen kansallispuisto (in Padasjoki) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Inari to Tampere by combination of shuttle, flight, and train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Inari in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Tampere, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Päijänteen kansallispuisto, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Yyteri Beach
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Get outdoors at Teijo national park and Vepsa Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya), Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy (in Pernio) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, admire the masterpieces at Ett Hem Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Rauma, Pernio, Kurjenrahka National Park, Bellevue Beach
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kimito Island online route planner .

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik

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.
Relax by the water at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Fortress of Suomenlinna are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Raseborg (Ekenas Archipelago National Park & Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki route planning app .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

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

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