52 days in Finland Itinerary

52 days in Finland Itinerary

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52 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Oranjestad, Aruba
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Kotka
— 5 nights
2
Savonlinna
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Koli National Park
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Vaasa
— 5 nights
6
Pori
— 3 nights
7
Turku
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Tampere
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Oranjestad, Aruba

5
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. Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Beach Mansikkalahti. Shop till you drop at Art Centre Salmela and MyGoodKnife. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Stromforsin ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. John's Church, and admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kotka trip itinerary builder app .

Oranjestad, Aruba to Kotka is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. In September, Kotka is much colder than Oranjestad - with highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Sibelius Hall, Stromforsin ruukki, MyGoodKnife
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

5
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Take a break from the city and head to Kolovesi National Park and Linnansaari National Park. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Rapio Mill and Johanna Oras Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Savonlinna side-trips: Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko & Kummakivi Boulder), Lammassaari Island (in Imatra) and Lietvesi Scenic Road (in Puumala). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planning tool .

Getting from Kotka to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ruokolahti, Siikalahti Wetland, Linnansaari National Park, Johanna Oras Art Gallery, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:
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Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park

6
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Visiting Paha-Koli Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. When in Koli National Park, make a side trip to see Venajanhiekka in Rautavaara, approximately 1h 40 min away. Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli Shop Retkitupa, Venajanhiekka
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 26:
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kauppahalli and Kierikki Stone Age Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Nallikari Beach and Hupisaaret Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oulu: Luovon Puoji (in Hailuoto), Haukipudas Church (in Haukipudas) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Atelier Gallery Kaikkonen, experience the excitement of Oulu Climbing Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Oulu Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Oulu tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. September in Oulu sees daily highs of 15°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Luovon Puoji, Haukipudas Church, Raahe Museum
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre

5
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Appreciate the collections at Tikanoja Art Museum and Stundars Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Neristan (Old Wooden Town) and Vaasa Car & Motor Museum. Explore Vaasa's surroundings by going to Kokkola (Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia & Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia) and Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava). Spend a day of island exploring on the 30th (Mon) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vaasa day trip planner.

Getting from Oulu to Vaasa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kokkola, Stundars Museum, Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail, Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 4:
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)

3
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pori Art Museum and Old Rauma. Escape the urban bustle at Yyteri Beach and Herrainpaivat Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pori: Rauma (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, & more). There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, examine the collection at Villa Mairea, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), and admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Junnelius.

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You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Pori, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 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

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Villa Mairea
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

6
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Escape the urban bustle at Teijo national park and The Archipelago Trail. Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Naantali Old Town. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Isokari Lighthouse in Uusikaupunki, about 1h 50 min away. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Vepsa Island, take in the exciting artwork at Photographic Centre Peri, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Joella.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Turku planner .

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Teijo National Park, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Isokari Lighthouse, Naantali Old Town
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 13:
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Teijo National Park ©
Teijo National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

6
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Head to Laukko Manor and Keittioelamaafor plenty of shopping. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi), Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari) and Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, admire the masterpieces at Haihara Art Centre, play a few rounds at Linna Golf & Country Club, and see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip tool .

Getting from Turku to Tampere by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daytime highs in Tampere are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Laukko Manor, Ahtari Zoo, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 19:
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Do your shopping at Hippupuoti Gift Shop and The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Juutua Nature Trail will get you outdoors. Spend the 22nd (Tue) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

Plan a Inari trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Tampere in October, things will get little chillier in Inari: highs are around 3°C and lows about -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Lemmenjoki National Park, Hippupuoti Gift Shop
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

8
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Tapiola Golf. Do some cultural sightseeing at Rock Church and Katajanokka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Hirsala Golf (in Kirkkonummi), Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto (in Vantaa) and Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo (in Jarvenpaa). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, look for gifts at Artisaani, buy something for everyone on your list at Kamppi Shopping Centre, and make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki vacation builder website .

You can fly from Inari to Helsinki in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Inari in October: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 10°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Espoo, Hirsala Golf, Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 30:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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