53 days in Finland Itinerary

53 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Tokyo
Train + 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
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Hiidenkirnut (in Askola), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). Pack the 12th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Tokyo, Japan to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Tokyo to Helsinki. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tokyo in June: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hiidenkirnut, Nuuksio National Park, Porvoo Old Town
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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. Get out of town with these interesting Vaasa side-trips: Powerpark (in Harma), Pietarsaari (Aspegrens Rosenlund & Arctic Museum Nanoq) and Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki). Spend the 16th (Sun) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Saltkaret, see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa road trip site.

Fly from Helsinki to Vaasa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. 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, Powerpark, Seinajoki Library, Saltkaret
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
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.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Yyteri Beach (in Pori), Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Vaasa to Tampere takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Hameenlinna, Yyteri Beach, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Visavuori
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 25:
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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: Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma, Teijo National Park
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Saimaa Canal (in Lappeenranta), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). There's still lots to do: walk around Sapokka Water Garden, admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila, and wander the streets of Linden Esplanade.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kotka attractions planner.

Getting from Turku to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. June in Kotka sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Mikkeli side-trips: Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala), Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Olavinlinna Castle (in Savonlinna). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, don't miss a visit to Viewing Platform in Puumala, take a stroll around Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, and learn about all things military at Communications Centre Lokki.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Kotka to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Puumala, Kummakivi Boulder, Siikalahti Wetland, 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kuopio: Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara), Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi) and Riuttala Farmhouse Museum (in Karttula). Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Pyha-Hakki National Park. And it doesn't end there: have fun at Vainolanniemi, ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, take a leisurely stroll along Kuopio Harbor, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip planner.

Traveling by train from Mikkeli to Kuopio takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kuopio are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joensuu: Koli National Park (Paha-Koli Hill, Pielinen, &more). There's more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden and take in the spiritual surroundings of Joensuu Church.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Joensuu trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kuopio to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. You will leave for Lieksa on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lieksa: Koli National Park (Akka-Koli Hill, Uhrihalkeama, &more) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, make a trip to Paateri, and look for all kinds of wild species at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lieksa vacation maker app.

Drive from Joensuu to Lieksa in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kuusamo: Posio (Korouoma Canyon & Riisitunturi National Park) and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Karhunkierros, relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kuusamo trip planner.

Drive from Lieksa to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a 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
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of Rovaniemi with an excursion to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi--about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Santa Claus Village, stop by Marttiini Store Old Factory, wander the wide-open spaces of Orbas Reindeer Farm, and look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary planner.

You can take a bus from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can 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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