56 days in Finland Itinerary

56 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rantasalmi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sotkamo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 5 nights
Train
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Muonio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saariselka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 6 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 8 nights
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Kotka

— 3 nights
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. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Beach Mansikkalahti and Lehman. Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. 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. There's much more to do: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, browse the different shops at Shopping Centre Pasaati, take in nature's colorful creations at Palotorninvuori Park, and step off the mainland to explore Rankki.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kotka planning app.

Charlottetown, Canada to Kotka is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charlottetown to Kotka due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Charlottetown in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Kotka, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:

Rantasalmi

— 2 nights
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rantasalmi trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Rantasalmi takes 3.5 hours. In November in Rantasalmi, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Sotkamo

— 5 nights
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Bring the kids along to Hiukka and Venajanhiekka. Step out of the city life by going to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Hiidenportti National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Jyrkkakosken Ruukki (in Sonkajarvi) and Ukkohalla Resort (in Hyrynsalmi). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some friendly competition at Vuokatti Bowling, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti, and take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sotkamo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Rantasalmi to Sotkamo takes 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sotkamo when traveling from Rantasalmi in November, with lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 11:

Oulu

— 5 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Popular historic sites such as Haukipudas Church and Kemi Church are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Koitelinkoski and Maakalla. Get out of town with these interesting Oulu side-trips: Raahe Museum (in Raahe), Kemi (Icebreaker Sampo & Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery)) and Jukupark Kalajoki (in Kalajoki). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, admire the masterpieces at Oulun Taidemuseo, get your game on at Oulu Climbing Centre, and engage your brain at Tietomaa.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Oulu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Oulu takes 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 16:

Rovaniemi

— 5 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Bring the kids along to Santa Claus Village and Science Centre Pilke. Arktikum and Rovaniemi Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Lordi's Square, see Santa Claus Office, and see where the action happens at Lappi Areena.

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

Traveling by train from Oulu to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Oulu in November, with highs in Rovaniemi at -2°C and lows at -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 21:

Pyhatunturi

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

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Getting from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in November, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Muonio.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Muonio

— 2 nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Keep things going the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Seven Fells Up and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yllas Ski Resort.

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

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Muonio takes 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Pyhatunturi in November since evenings lows in Muonio dip to -13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Saariselka.

Things to do in Muonio

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 22 — 24:

Saariselka

— 3 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kids will enjoy Urho Kekkonen National Park and Saariselka Bowling. Escape the urban bustle at Lemmenjoki National Park and Lake Inari. Step out of Saariselka to go to Inari and see Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, which is approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park and stop by Shamaan Design - Lappi Shop.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Saariselka trip planner.

Getting from Muonio to Saariselka by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around -3°C in November, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Saariselka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:

Vaasa

— 3 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Take a break from the city and head to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Setterbergin Puisto. Attractions like Hietasaaren uimaranta and Vanhan Vaasan rauniot make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Vaasa with an excursion to Powerpark in Harma--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Ojberget, examine the collection at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, make a splash at Tropiclandia, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

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Getting from Saariselka to Vaasa by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saariselka in November: high temperatures in Vaasa hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 1:

Pori

— 3 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Church of the Holy Cross and Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). Step out of the city life by going to Yyteri Beach and Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pori: Koylio (Koylion Kirkkokari & Koylio Church) and Rauma (Old Rauma & Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Juselius Mausoleum and look for gifts at Porin Kauppahalli.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pori road trip planning website.

You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Pori sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Church of Keuruu and Holy Cross Church. Attractions like Rauhaniemi Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi), Museo Militaria (in Hameenlinna) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, look for gifts at Alko, and head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Tampere tour planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 10:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some historical perspective at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Step out of the city life by going to Ispoinen Beach and Sauna and Lana. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Korpo Church (in Korpo), Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Lenholm Conservation Area (in Pargas). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, get your bearings at Turku City Library, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Turku road trip site.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 15:

Kimito Island

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik gard, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro, and then take in the waterfront activity at Helsingholm Guest Harbour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Turku to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Helsinki

— 8 nights

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) for their historical value. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. Pack the 20th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 25:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."