53 days in Finland Itinerary

53 days in Finland Itinerary

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53 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  14​h
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Vaasa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Tampere
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Kotka
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Mikkeli
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Kuopio
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Lieksa
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
10
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
11
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Tokyo

6
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.
Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Hiidenkirnut (in Askola). Pack the 12th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukion Church, shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki route planner .

Tokyo, Japan to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tokyo to Helsinki, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, Helsinki is little chillier than Tokyo - with highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Porvoo Old Town, Hiidenkirnut
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki), Powerpark (in Harma) and Pietarsaari (Aspegrens Rosenlund & Arctic Museum Nanoq). Spend a day of island exploring on the 16th (Sun) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret, see the interesting displays at Stundars Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vaasa online road trip planner .

You can fly from Helsinki to Vaasa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Vaasa sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pietarsaari, Stundars Museum, Seinajoki Library, Saltkaret, Powerpark
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Powerpark ©
Powerpark
Seinajoki Library ©
Seinajoki Library

6
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Yyteri Beach (in Pori), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and take an in-depth tour of Palander House.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere online travel route planner .

Take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Tampere, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Visavuori, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Yyteri Beach
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Visavuori ©
Visavuori

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Old Rauma (in Rauma). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Turku road trip planning website .

Take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June in Turku, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Naantali, Teijo National Park, Old Rauma
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Kouvola (Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area & Ankkapurha Culture Park), Saimaa Canal (in Lappeenranta) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka holiday planning app .

Drive from Turku to Kotka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Saimaa Canal, Arboretum Mustila, Ankkapurha Culture Park, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 5:
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

4
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Mikkeli: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna) and Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Anjan Puisto, take a memorable drive along Puumalan Lake, take a stroll around Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, and make a trip to Viewing Platform in Puumala.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Mikkeli trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Kotka to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Puumala, Siikalahti Wetland, Kummakivi Boulder, Repovesi National Park, Olavinlinna Castle
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Puumalan Lake ©
Puumalan Lake

5
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara), Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula) and Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi). Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Pyha-Hakki National Park. There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kuopio travel planner .

Take a train from Mikkeli to Kuopio in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Kuopio sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, Southern Konnevesi National park, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto, Pyha-Hakki National Park
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:
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Pyha-Hakki National Park ©
Pyha-Hakki National Park
Room Escape Games
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Step out of Joensuu to go to Enonkoski and see Kolovesi National Park, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Joensuu online trip planner .

Getting from Kuopio to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Kolovesi National Park
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

5
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Step out of Lieksa with an excursion to Koli Shop Retkitupa in Koli--about 52 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, stroll through Herajarvi Hiking Trail, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, and make a trip to Paateri.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lieksa trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Lieksa takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Lieksa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 22:
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Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Paateri ©
Paateri

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma) and Posio (Korouoma Canyon & Riisitunturi National Park). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Karhunkierros, explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and admire all the interesting features of Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kuusamo trip planner.

You can drive from Lieksa to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to catcht the bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Posio, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
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Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi, approximately 1h 40 min away. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy, and see Santa Claus Office.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Rovaniemi using our trip planner.

Take a bus from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 30:
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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