56 days in Finland Itinerary

56 days in Finland Itinerary

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56 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Charlottetown
Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Rantasalmi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Sotkamo
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Oulu
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Saariselka
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
9
Vaasa
— 3 nights
10
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Tampere
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
12
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
14
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Charlottetown

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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. Get a sense of the local culture at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church. Visiting Beach Mansikkalahti and Santalahti Nature Trail will get you outdoors. Take a break from Kotka with a short trip to Repovesi National Park in Kouvola, about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 3rd (Sat) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, browse the different shops at Shopping Centre Pasaati, kick back and relax at Lehman, and step off the mainland to explore Rankki Island.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kotka trip builder site .

Charlottetown, Canada to Kotka is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlottetown to Kotka is 6 hours. Traveling from Charlottetown in November, expect nights in Kotka to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Repovesi National Park, Valkmusa National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail
Valkmusa National Park ©
Valkmusa National Park

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Rantasalmi

Rantasalmi ©
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. On the 5th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rantasalmi trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Rantasalmi takes 3.5 hours. November in Rantasalmi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Savonlinna, Kerimaki Church
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

5
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Step out of the city life by going to Venajanhiekka and Hiukka. Family-friendly places like Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti will thrill your kids. Explore Sotkamo's surroundings by going to Ukkohalla Ski & Sport Resort (in Hyrynsalmi) and Jyrkkakosken Ruukki (in Sonkajarvi). Spend the 9th (Fri) exploring nature at Hiidenportti National Park. There's still lots to do: perfect your strike at Vuokatti Bowling and get great views at Vuokatinvaara.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sotkamo holiday planner .

Getting from Rantasalmi to Sotkamo by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Rantasalmi in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Sotkamo, with lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Rautavaara, Ukkohalla Ski & Sport Resort, Jyrkkakosken Ruukki
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Vuokatinvaara ©
Vuokatinvaara

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nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Get some cultural insight at Haukipudas Church and Raahe Museum. Visiting Nallikari Beach and Koitelinkoski will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Oulu: Kalajoki (Maakalla & Jukupark Kalajoki) and Kemi (Sampo Icebreaker, Kemi Church, & more). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, have fun at Tietomaa, and pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

Discover how to plan a Oulu trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sotkamo to Oulu in 3 hours. November in Oulu sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kemi, Kalajoki, Koitelinkoski, Haukipudas Church, Raahe Museum
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Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Koitelinkoski
Koitelinkoski

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Family-friendly places like Santa Claus Village and Safaris will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: see Santa Claus Office, let little ones run wild at Angry Birds Park, fly down the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi travel route site .

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In November, Rovaniemi is a bit cooler than Oulu - with highs of -2°C and lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy ©
Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy
Safaris
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

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night
Pyhatunturi

Pyhatunturi ©
On the 22nd (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Pyhatunturi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in November, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Nature Parks
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Pyha-Luosto National Park ©
Pyha-Luosto National Park

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Muonio

Muonio ©
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. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): ski along the peaceful trails at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): head outdoors with Seven Fells Up and then hit the slopes at Yllas Ski Resort.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Muonio planning website .

You can drive from Pyhatunturi to Muonio in 3 hours. Traveling from Pyhatunturi in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Muonio, with lows of -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Muonio

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Seven Fells Up, Yllas Ski Resort
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Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park ©
Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park
Yllas Ski Resort ©
Yllas Ski Resort
Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up

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nights
Saariselka

Saariselka ©
Visiting Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lake Inari will get you outdoors. Take a break from Saariselka with a short trip to Siida in Inari, about 1h 05 min away. Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Muonio to Saariselka takes 3.5 hours. November in Saariselka sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Saariselka

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Inari, Lemmenjoki National Park
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©

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nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Bring the kids along to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Hietasaaren uimaranta. Go for a jaunt from Vaasa to Harma to see Powerpark about 1h 10 min away.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Vaasa trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Saariselka to Vaasa takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, Vaasa is a bit warmer than Saariselka - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Powerpark
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Powerpark ©
Powerpark
Ojberget ©
Ojberget

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Old Rauma and Koylion Kirkkokari are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Yyteri Beach and Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Pori: Koylio Church (in Koylio) and Rauma (Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki & The Church of the Holy Cross). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum, look for gifts at Patakirppis, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pori travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Pori takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Koylio, Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Holy Cross Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Bring the kids along to Rauhaniemi Beach and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Museo Militaria (in Haemeenlinna), Old Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, look for gifts at Alko, examine the collection at Suomen Pelimuseo, and find something for the whole family at Funpark.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tampere journey maker website .

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Museo Militaria, Holy Cross Church, Ahtari Zoo, Old Church of Keuruu, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Vepsa Island and Lana. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Korpo Church (in Korpo), Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Lenholm Conservation Area (in Parainen). And it doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, and explore the world behind art at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Lenholm Conservation Area, Kurjenrahka National Park, Kultaranta Garden, Korpo Church
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Archipelago National Park. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro, and then go for a stroll along the water at Helsingholm Guest Harbour.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kimito Island trip planner .

Drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik ©
Soderlangvik

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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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Attractions like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and The Swimming Stadium make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Rock Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), enjoy some friendly competition at Flamingo Entertainment Center, and browse the exhibits of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kimito Island to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Helsinki are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Flamingo Entertainment Center
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church