45 days in Finland Itinerary

45 days in Finland Itinerary

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45 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
2
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Sotkamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Imatra
— 2 nights
7
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Turku
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Tampere
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
11
Inari
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
12
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pyha-Luosto National Park and Auttikongas. Get in touch with nature at Kopara Reindeer Park and Syvasenvaara Fell. Change things up with a short trip to Church of Sodankyla in Sodankyla (about 2 hours away). The adventure continues: see Santa Claus Office, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, and stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour itinerary maker app .

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from New York City in September: high temperatures in Rovaniemi hover around 53°F and lows are around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kopara Reindeer Park, Church of Sodankyla, Pyha-Luosto National Park
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kiutakongas Rapids and Karhunkierros. Take a break from the city and head to Riisitunturi National Park and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. There's more to do: stop by Shopping Center Kumpare.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kuusamo driving holiday planner .

Traveling by bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, Riisitunturi National Park
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail

3
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. On the 24th (Mon), head outdoors with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then explore the striking landscape of Venajanhiekka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Hiidenportti National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sotkamo itinerary planner .

Drive from Kuusamo to Sotkamo in 3.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Venajanhiekka
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Kainuun Vaellustalli ©
Kainuun Vaellustalli

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Ukko-Koli Hill. Step out of the city life by going to Pielinen and Herajarvi Hiking Trail. Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Valkeisenlampi in Kuopio--about 1h 55 min away.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park travel tool .

Drive from Sotkamo to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Valkeisenlampi
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally identify plant and animal life at Siikalahti Wetland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna day trip planner .

You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park, Siikalahti Wetland
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Visiting Imatra Waterfall and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings will get you outdoors. Popular historic sites such as Joutsenon kirkko and Lappeen Marian kirkko are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Imatra: Taipalsaaren kirkko (in Taipalsaari) and Saimaa Canal (in Lappeenranta). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, hike along Malonsaari, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, and kick back and relax at Lempukka Beach.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Imatra road trip planning site .

Drive from Savonlinna to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Taipalsaaren kirkko, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 5:
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
The Astuvansalmi rock paintings ©
The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

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. Visiting Arboretum Mustila and Valkmusa National Park will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hiidenvuori and Haapasaari Island. Take a break from Kotka with a short trip to Marian Kirkko in Hamina, about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, and kick back and relax at Lehman.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip itinerary site .

Getting from Imatra to Kotka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Kotka are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Arboretum Mustila, Valkmusa National Park, Hiidenvuori
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
On the 10th (Wed), get outside with Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Oro.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kimito Island trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kotka to Kimito Island by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

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

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Visit Old Rauma and Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya), Teijo national park (in Pernio) and Korpo Church (in Korpo). There's still lots to do: trek along Tulliniemi Nature Path, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, admire the landmark architecture of Kuusisto Manor, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Archipelago Trail.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Turku online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 48°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pernio, Kuusisto Manor, Kurjenrahka National Park, Old Rauma, Tulliniemi Nature Path
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Marttinen and Päijänteen kansallispuisto. Visiting Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Hatanpaa Arboretum will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Killinkoski Church (in Virrat). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 45°F in October, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Virrat, Päijänteen kansallispuisto, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Church of Keuruu
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Escape the urban bustle at Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lake Inari. Discover out-of-the-way places like Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Tuula's Reindeer. Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari vacation maker tool .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Tampere to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in October, things will get slightly colder in Inari: highs are around 37°F and lows about 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lemmenjoki National Park, Urho Kekkonen National Park
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 25:
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Lake Inari ©
Lake Inari

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Aalto House. Get outdoors at Ekenas Archipelago National Park and Nuuksio National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). Next up on the itinerary: find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, stroll through Sibelius Monument, and hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in October, with highs in Helsinki at 48°F and lows at 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Ekenas Archipelago National Park, Nuuksio National Park, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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