57 days in Finland Itinerary

57 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Rovaniemi
— 6 nights
Train
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Oulu
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 7 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 4 nights
Drive
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Joensuu
— 6 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lahti
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 6 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 6 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Step out of the city life by going to Safaris and Pyha-Luosto National Park. Get some historical perspective at Church of Sodankyla and German Soldier s Cemetery. Explore Rovaniemi's surroundings by going to Kopara Reindeer Park (in Luosto), Korouoma Canyon (in Posio) and Pyhatunturi (in Pelkosenniemi). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, hit the slopes at Ounasvaaran Hiihtokeskus Oy, and take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi itinerary builder site.

Moscow, Russia to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moscow to Rovaniemi due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Moscow in March, expect Rovaniemi to be slightly colder, temps between -1°C and -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 10 — 16:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Haukipudas Church and Kauppahalli will appeal to history buffs. Raahe Museum and Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oulu: Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Icebreaker Sampo (in Kemi). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, walk around Ainolan Puisto, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hupisaaret Park, and kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Oulu trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Oulu are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 16 — 19:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tampere City Library, Metso and National Police Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rauhaniemi Beach and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Venture out of the city with trips to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola) and Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online holiday planner.

Take a train from Oulu to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 19 — 22:

Turku

— 7 nights
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 Bellevue Beach. Popular historic sites such as Turku Castle and Old Rauma are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, &more), Tulliniemi Nature Path (in Hanko) and Korpo Church (in Korpo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Louhisaari Manor, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and stay fit while traveling at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in March, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 22 — 29:

Jyvaskyla

— 4 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of Keuruu and Muurame Church (Muuramen kirkko). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Natural History Museum of Central Finland and Finnish Air Force Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Pyha-Hakki National Park (in Saarijarvi), Leivonmaki National Park (in Joutsa) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Car Museum Wanhat Wehkeet.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Jyvaskyla takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Jyvaskyla when traveling from Turku in March, with lows around -8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 29 — Apr 2:

Kuopio

— 4 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Popular historic sites such as St. Nikolaos Cathedral and Leppavirta Church are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Venajanhiekka and Riuttala Farmhouse Museum. Explore Kuopio's surroundings by going to Orinoro Gorge (in Leppavirta) and Tahko Farmi (in Tahkovuori). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, and immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kuopio day trip planning website.

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Kuopio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks · Museums · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 2 — 6:

Joensuu

— 6 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mohko Ironworks Museum and Old Mine Mining Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tohmajarven kirkko and Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Joensuu: Lieksa (Neitikoski Rapids & Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto), Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli) and Koli National Park (Paha-Koli Hill, Akka-Koli Hill, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joensuu Church and make a trip to Sculpture Susi Kosiomatkalla.

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

Getting from Kuopio to Joensuu by car takes about 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 12:

Savonlinna

— 6 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Popular historic sites such as Olavinlinna Castle and Pikkukirkko are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Linnansaari National Park and Imatra Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko & Kummakivi Boulder), Salpa Line (in Kerimaki) and Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, brush up on your military savvy at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum, and examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip builder website.

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. April in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 12 — 18:

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Lappeenranta Fortress and Communications Centre Lokki will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy and Lake Saimaa. Explore Mikkeli's surroundings by going to Lappeenranta (Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, Sandcastle Lappeenranta, &more), Pirtin perinnepuisto (in Kangasniemi) and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina). Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. The adventure continues: get outside with Anjan Puisto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anttola Church, see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Mikkelin Taidemuseo.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mikkeli day trip tool.

Drive from Savonlinna to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 18 — 23:

Lahti

— 5 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Appreciate the collections at Motorcycle Museum of Finland and Apulandia. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Hame Castle and Church of Hollola. Explore Lahti's surroundings by going to Hameenlinna (Hameenlinna Art Museum, Evo Hiking Area, &more), Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Paijatsalo Trail (in Sysma). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Pihamaa Estate & Winery, explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut, see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, and admire the masterpieces at Riihimaki Art Museum.

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Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Lahti takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in April, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 28:

Kotka

— 6 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. Get outdoors at Santalahti Nature Trail and Fagerö Kaunissaari. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Kotka Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Marian Kirkko (in Hamina), Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, admire the striking features of Hamina Town Hall, and don't miss a visit to Hamina Fortress.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kotka online attractions planner.

You can drive from Lahti to Kotka in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April in Kotka, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 4:

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."