44 days in Finland Itinerary

44 days in Finland Itinerary

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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
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Inari
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Hiidenvuori and Lehman. Escape the urban bustle at Arboretum Mustila and Valkmusa National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, walk around Riverside Park, and make a trip to Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kotka tour itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kotka is an approximately 27- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 8 hours. Traveling from Sydney in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 15°C in Kotka. 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, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Valkmusa National Park, Hiidenvuori, Stromforsin Ruukki
Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:
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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 Imatra Waterfall. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Taipalsaaren kirkko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala), Kerimaki Church (in Kerimaki) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and steep yourself in history at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, 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 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Savonlinna, Imatra, Taipalsaaren kirkko, Siikalahti Wetland, Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:
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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 ©
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 Ukko-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Herajarvi Hiking Trail. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi) and Kitee Zoo (in Kitee). There's still lots to do: trek along Paha-Koli Hill and explore the activities along Pielinen.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Koli National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park takes 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 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 Venajanhiekka and Hiukka make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hiidenportti National Park and Kainuun Vaellustalli. Change things up with these side-trips from Sotkamo: Kajaani Church (in Kajaani) and Kuhmo (Boreal Wildlife Centre & Wild Taiga).

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Sotkamo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Sotkamo takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kuhmo, Kajaani Church, Venajanhiekka
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Riisitunturi National Park and Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare, and experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo online journey planner.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel 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 Otsamo Fell. Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm and wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Inari trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

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

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planning website.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Inari to Tampere in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Inari in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Tampere, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Yyteri Beach, Päijänteen kansallispuisto, 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 Old Rauma and Turku Castle for their historical value. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bellevue Beach and Vepsa Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Pernio (Teijo National Park & Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy), The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). There's much more to do: deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, admire the striking features of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

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

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°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 Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pernio, Rauma, Bellevue Beach, Kurjenrahka National Park
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 find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, 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 24°C and lows of 12°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

Wildlife Parks Nature
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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 Ekenas Archipelago National Park. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen (in Raseborg). Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of 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 traveler tips, more things to do, 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 do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°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

Espoo, Raseborg
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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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