45 days in Finland Itinerary

45 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
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
Drive:  2 h
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
+2
Train + Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
11
Inari
— 4 nights
Shuttle + 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Rovaniemi Church and Rovaniemen ortodoksinen kirkko. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Church of Sodankyla and German Soldier s Cemetery. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, get some fabulous bargains at Marttiini Store Old Factory, explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut, and Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planner.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from New York City in September, with highs in Rovaniemi at 53°F and lows at 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Church of Sodankyla, Kopara Reindeer Park, 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
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Karhunkierros and Shopping Center Kumpare. Escape the urban bustle at Riisitunturi National Park and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Kuusamo day trip app.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. September in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then enjoy the sand and surf at Venajanhiekka. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

Plan trip to Sotkamo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Sotkamo in 3.5 hours. September in Sotkamo sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough 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 ©
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Ukko-Koli Hill. Take a break from the city and head to Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Paha-Koli Hill. Step out of Koli National Park to go to Kuopio and see Valkeisenlampi, which is approximately 2h 15 min away. There's much more to do: trek along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip planner.

Getting from Sotkamo to Koli National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough 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
Herajarvi Hiking Trail ©
Herajarvi Hiking Trail

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): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

Before you visit Savonlinna, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Linnansaari National Park, Siikalahti Wetland, Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Lauritsala Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Imatra Waterfall and Lempukka Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Imatra: Taipalsaaren kirkko (in Taipalsaari) and Lappeenranta (Saimaa Canal & Lappeen Marian kirkko). The adventure continues: trek along Malonsaari, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Imatra tour itinerary website.

Getting from Savonlinna to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 44°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car 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
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Taipalsaaren kirkko ©
Taipalsaaren kirkko

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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Marian Kirkko and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiidenvuori and Arboretum Mustila. Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Santalahti Nature Trail, step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island, stroll around Riverside Park, and kick back and relax at Lehman.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Kotka tour planner.

Getting from Imatra to Kotka by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Hiidenvuori, Valkmusa National Park, Arboretum Mustila
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 ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Archipelago National Park. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island trip builder app.

Getting from Kotka to Kimito Island by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in October, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife Parks 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Ruukin kehräämö ja puoti Oy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Cathedral and Old Rauma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Korpo Church (in Korpo), Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). The adventure continues: stroll through Tulliniemi Nature Path, look for all kinds of wild species at Vepsa Island, hike along The Archipelago Trail, and steep yourself in history at Kuusisto Manor.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turku travel route website.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. October in Turku sees daily highs of 48°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Church of Keuruu. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Virrat (Killinkoski Church & Marttinen) and Päijänteen kansallispuisto (in Padasjoki). There's more to do: walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip tool.

Traveling by train from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Tampere sees daily highs of 45°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Virrat, Church of Keuruu, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Päijänteen kansallispuisto
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get outdoors at Lemmenjoki National Park and Lake Inari. There's lots more to do: stroll through Juutua Nature Trail, get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and relax in the rural setting at Tuula's Reindeer.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari attractions website.

Do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle from Tampere to Inari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tampere in October, with highs in Inari at 37°F and lows at 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

Urho Kekkonen National Park, Lemmenjoki 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.
Get outdoors at Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo), Ekenas Archipelago National Park (in Raseborg) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, walk around Sibelius Monument, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip builder website.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Inari in October, expect Helsinki to be somewhat warmer, temps between 48°F and 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Porvoo Old Town, Ekenas Archipelago 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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