52 days in Finland Itinerary

52 days in Finland Itinerary

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Kotka
— 5 nights
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Savonlinna
— 5 nights
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Koli National Park
— 6 nights
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Oulu
— 3 nights
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Vaasa
— 5 nights
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Pori
— 3 nights
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Turku
— 6 nights
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Tampere
— 6 nights
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Inari
— 2 nights
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Helsinki
— 8 nights

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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. Head to Art Centre Salmela and MyGoodKnifefor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and St. John's Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, walk around Riverside Park, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hiidenvuori.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka trip planning app.

Oranjestad, Aruba to Kotka is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Oranjestad to Kotka due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Oranjestad in September: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area

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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 Ruokolahden Kirkko. Johanna Oras Art Gallery and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Savonlinna's surroundings by going to Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi), Lammassaari Island (in Imatra) and Rapio Mill (in Juva). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, cruise along Lietvesi Scenic Road, and take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko

6
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Akka-Koli Hill. When in Koli National Park, make a side trip to see Venajanhiekka in Rautavaara, approximately Rautavaara away. There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, stroll through Makravaara Hill, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip builder website.

Drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. September in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 20 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail ©
Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail

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Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Get some cultural insight at Kauppahalli and Atelier Gallery Kaikkonen. Visit Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral and Oulu Cathedral for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Oulu: Luovon Puoji (in Hailuoto), Raahe Museum (in Raahe) and Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Hupisaaret Park, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, pause for some serene contemplation at Haukipudas Church, and get your game on at Oulu Climbing Centre.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu day trip tool.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre

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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tikanoja Art Museum and Stundars Museum. Get in touch with nature at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Hietasaaren uimaranta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaasa: Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava) and Kokkola (Neristan (Old Wooden Town), Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum, cool off at Tropiclandia, and sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vaasa driving holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Vaasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In September in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala ©
Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Visit Herrainpaivat Beach and Yyteri Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pori Art Museum and Old Rauma. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pori: Rauma (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea, buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Junnelius, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pori travel website.

Getting from Vaasa to Pori by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. October in Pori sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Naantali Old Town and Turun Taidehalli are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Castle and Isokari Lighthouse. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Teijo National Park in Pernio--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and take in the exciting artwork at Gallery A.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Turku driving holiday planner.

Drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Tampere

Tampere ©

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Laukko Manor and Vapriikin Museokeskus will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala), Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari) and Hameenlinna (Palander House & Linna Golf & Country Club). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, stop by Keittioelamaa, view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Do some cultural sightseeing at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Escape the urban bustle at Lemmenjoki National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step out of Inari to go to Saariselka and see Hippupuoti Gift Shop, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's more to do: hike along Juutua Nature Trail and explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Inari trip site.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tampere in October; daily highs in Inari reach 3°C and lows reach -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center

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Helsinki

Helsinki ©

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.
Head to Market Square Kauppatori and Artisaanifor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Galerie Forsblom. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo (in Jarvenpaa), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take a stroll through Ullanlinna, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

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

You can fly from Inari to Helsinki in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church