45 days in Finland Itinerary

45 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 1 day
2
Vantaa
— 14 nights
3
Turku
— 5 nights
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
5
Oulu
— 4 nights
6
Kuusamo
— 4 nights
7
Inari
— 3 nights
8
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
9
Kotka
— 6 nights

1
day
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.
On the 17th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, thenstep into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally visit Katajanokka.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Bangkok to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Bangkok in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vantaa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

14
nights
Vantaa

Vantaa ©
Though technically its own city, Vantaa is considered by many to be a Helsinki suburb, and it is where most visitors land when they fly to Finland.
Take a break from the city and head to Nuuksio National Park and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Head to Brunberg Candy Factory Shop and Flamingo Entertainment Centerfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Vantaa side-trips: Porvoo (The Runeberg Home, Porvoo Museum/Holm House, &more), Hiidenkirnut (in Askola) and Lahti (Radio and TV Museum, Lahti City Hall, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Finnish Aviation Museum, engage your brain at Heureka, admire the natural beauty at Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius, and contemplate the long history of Aleksis Kivi Memorial Cottage.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Vantaa tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Vantaa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Vantaa

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lahti, Porvoo, Tuusula, Hyvinkaa, Jarvenpaa
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Finnish Aviation Museum ©
Finnish Aviation Museum

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some historical perspective at Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Turku Cathedral and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, &more). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naantali Church, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip website.

You can drive from Vantaa to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Rauma, Bellevue Beach, Naantali Church, Kauppakeskus Mylly
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 6th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, thenlearn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Lilla holmen, thenget engrossed in the history at Kobba Klintar, thensee the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip builder tool.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Salis Batteri
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Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

4
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Nallikari Beach and Hupisaaret Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore Raahe Museum and Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo. Explore Oulu's surroundings by going to Kemi Church (in Kemi), Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Luovon Puoji (in Hailuoto). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kauppahalli, have some family-friendly fun at Oulu Climbing Centre, get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, and admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Oulu travel route planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Oulu in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kemi Church, Raahe Museum, Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Luovon Puoji
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre

4
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Take a break from the city and head to The Predator Center in Kuusamo and Karhunkierros. Step off the beaten path and head to Jalavan Kauppa and Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre. Change things up with a short trip to Syote National Park in Syote (about 1h 40 min away). There's more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Julma Olkky and contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo sightseeing planner.

Getting from Oulu to Kuusamo by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jalavan Kauppa, Syote National Park
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Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Syote National Park ©
Syote National Park
Jalavan Kauppa ©
Jalavan Kauppa

3
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 Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Get outdoors at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Inari side-trips: Hippupuoti Gift Shop (in Saariselka) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and 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 August in Inari, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Saariselka, Lemmenjoki National Park, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimaki Church. Popular historic sites such as Rautjarven kirkko and Pikkukirkko are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Lammassaari Island (in Imatra) and Salpa Line (in Kerimaki). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Inari to Savonlinna by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in August, Savonlinna is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Rautjarven kirkko, Lammassaari Island
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

6
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sandcastle Lappeenranta and Loviisan kirkko. Museum-lovers will get to explore Lappeenranta Fortress and Salpa Line Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Marian Kirkko (in Hamina), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Art Centre Salmela (in Mantyharju). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church, and walk around Riverside Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kotka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hamina, Lappeenranta, Valkmusa National Park, Bunker Museum, Loviisan kirkko
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

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