46 days in Finland Itinerary

46 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 5 nights
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Muonio
— 2 nights
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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Oulu
— 4 nights
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Mustasaari
— 2 nights
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Tampere
— 6 nights
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Turku
— 5 nights
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Kotka

— 5 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. Venture out of the city with trips to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, &more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Santalahti Nature Trail, pick up some local products at Kotka Marketplace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Centre Pasaati.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kotka trip builder.

New Delhi, India to Kotka is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Kotka due to the time zone difference. In October, Kotka is cooler than New Delhi - with highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:

Koli National Park

— 5 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, explore the activities along Pielinen, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, and examine the collection at Pielisen Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Koli National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. October in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 11:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step out of Kuusamo to go to Juuma and see Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Karhunkierros, relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and relax and rejuvenate at Rukaland.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kuusamo trip maker.

Getting from Koli National Park to Kuusamo by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. When traveling from Koli National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kuusamo: temperatures range from 3°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 14:

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
On the 15th (Fri), hike along Urho Kekkonen National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel and then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Saariselka itinerary builder.

Getting from Kuusamo to Saariselka by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In October, daily temperatures in Saariselka can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Saariselka

Winter Sports · Nature · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Muonio

— 2 nights
Muonio is a municipality of Finland.The town is located in far northern Finland above the Arctic Circle on the country's western border, within the area of the former Lappi province. On the 17th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Keimiotunturi Fell and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sarkitunturi.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Muonio itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Saariselka to Muonio takes 4 hours. October in Muonio sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

Rovaniemi

— 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rovaniemi: Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi) and Kukkolankoski (in Kukkola). There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Muonio to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. In October in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 22:

Oulu

— 4 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Take a break from Oulu with a short trip to Raahe Museum in Raahe, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Hupisaaret Park, explore the activities along Koitelinkoski, hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, and examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 26:

Mustasaari

— 2 nights
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 27th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, then take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, and then get great views at Saltkaret.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mustasaari travel route planner.

You can drive from Oulu to Mustasaari in 5 hours. In October in Mustasaari, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi), Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, examine the collection at Museo Militaria, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Tampere takes 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 3:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with a short trip to VMB Fishing in Salo (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take a spin around town with Bike Rental - by Carfield, contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, and walk around Kupittaa Park.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Turku road trip planning site.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 8:

Helsinki

— 7 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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Helsinki are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 15:

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."