44 days in Finland Itinerary

44 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sotkamo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Kotka

— 4 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. Step off the beaten path and head to Hiidenvuori and Stromforsin Ruukki. Escape the urban bustle at Arboretum Mustila and Riverside Park. When in Kotka, make a side trip to see Salpa Line Museum in Miehikkala, approximately Miehikkala away. Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, visit Linden Esplanade, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kotka Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip itinerary tool.

Sydney, Australia to Kotka is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Sydney to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Sydney in July since evenings lows in Kotka dip to 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

Lappeenranta

— 4 nights

Town of Lindens

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 Repovesi National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kerimaki Church and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Savonlinna Cathedral (in Savonlinna), Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and Lammassaari Island (in Imatra). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and pause for some serene contemplation at Taipalsaaren kirkko.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta journey app.

You can drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

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.
Visiting Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Herajarvi Hiking Trail will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ukko-Koli Hill and Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Kitee Zoo (in Kitee) and Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi). There's still lots to do: trek along Paha-Koli Hill and explore the activities along Pielinen.

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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 · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:

Sotkamo

— 4 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Attractions like Hiidenportti National Park and Kainuun Vaellustalli make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Venajanhiekka and Boreal Wildlife Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Sotkamo: Kajaani Church (in Kajaani) and Wild Taiga (in Kuhmo). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiukka.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sotkamo trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Sotkamo in 2.5 hours. In July in Sotkamo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 18:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
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 Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Take a break from Kuusamo with a short trip to Riisitunturi National Park in Posio, about 1h 5 min away. It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre and look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Kuusamo takes 3.5 hours. In July in Kuusamo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Inari

— 2 nights
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 maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Inari trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

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: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Päijänteen kansallispuisto (in Padasjoki). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum and find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Tampere itinerary maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Inari to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in July, you will find days in Tampere are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:

Turku

— 5 nights
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: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya), Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Old Rauma) and Pernio (Teijo National Park & Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy). There's much more to do: stroll through Bellevue Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Turku online trip itinerary maker.

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

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 3:

Kimito Island

— 2 nights
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 stroll through 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 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

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nuuksio National 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). Pack the 8th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Espoo Cathedral, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online attractions planner.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 11:

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."