45 days in Finland Itinerary

45 days in Finland Itinerary

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45 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  14​h
1
Helsinki
— 1 day
train:  15​min
2
Vantaa
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Turku
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Oulu
— 4 nights
6
Kuusamo
— 4 nights
7
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
9
Kotka
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Bangkok

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally wander the streets of Katajanokka.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki vacation maker .

Bangkok, Thailand to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Bangkok to Helsinki, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in July, with highs in Helsinki at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Vantaa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedral of Porvoo and Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum). Visit Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius and Castle Hill for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Vantaa: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Hiidenkirnut (in Askola) and Porvoo (The Runeberg Home, Porvoo Museum/Holm House, & more). Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, admire the masterpieces at Riihimaki Art Museum, and engage your brain at Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vantaa online trip planner .

Vantaa is just a short distance from Helsinki. In July, daily temperatures in Vantaa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Vantaa

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lahti, Porvoo, Tuusula, Hyvinkaa, Riihimaki
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Finnish Aviation Museum ©
Finnish Aviation Museum
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Let the collections at Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre capture your imagination. Old Rauma and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, & more) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Turku road trip planner .

You can drive from Vantaa to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Rauma, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Naantali Church, Bellevue Beach
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Lilla holmen, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mariehamn online vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nallikari Beach and Raahe Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kauppahalli and Kemi Church. Get out of town with these interesting Oulu side-trips: Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Luovon Puoji (in Hailuoto). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, take in the exciting artwork at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu road trip app .

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, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Raahe Museum, Kemi Church, 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. Get in touch with nature at Kiutakongas Rapids and Safaris. Explore hidden gems such as Syote National Park and Julma Olkky. Step out of Kuusamo to go to Taivalkoski and see Jalavan Kauppa, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Karhunkierros, identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo, and explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip planner.

Drive from Oulu to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. August in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Discover out-of-the-way places like Siida and Gold Prospector Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Saariselka (Urho Kekkonen National Park & Hippupuoti Gift Shop). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Inari holiday planning app .

Getting from Kuusamo to Inari by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August in Inari, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saariselka, Lemmenjoki National Park, Gold Prospector Museum
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Olavinlinna Castle and Rautjarven kirkko. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kolovesi National Park and Lammassaari Island. Take a break from Savonlinna with a short trip to Salpa Line in Kerimaki, about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, steep yourself in history at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner .

You can fly from Inari to Savonlinna in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Inari in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 13°C in Savonlinna. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Lammassaari Island, Kolovesi National Park, Rautjarven kirkko, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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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. St. John's Church and Lappeen Marian kirkko will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Arboretum Mustila and Linden Esplanade. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Loviisan kirkko (in Loviisa), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Marian Kirkko (in Hamina). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, don't miss a visit to Hamina Town Hall, get into the urban bustle at Art Centre Salmela, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka road trip tool .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kotka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kotka are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hamina, Lappeenranta, Art Centre Salmela, Salpa Line Museum, Bunker Museum
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Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum

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