60 days in Finland Itinerary

60 days in Finland Itinerary

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60 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Levi
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
7
Kuusamo
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Tampere
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Rauma
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Turku
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
12
Aland Island
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + train:  4​h
13
Raseborg Municipality
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Indianapolis

6
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. Museum-lovers will get to explore Salpa Line Museum and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and St. John's Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Pyhtaa (Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry & Fagerö Kaunissaari). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School, step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island, and wander the streets of Hamina Old Town.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kotka trip itinerary planning website .

Indianapolis, USA to Kotka is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Indianapolis to Kotka, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Indianapolis in June: high temperatures in Kotka hover around 66°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Hamina, Pyhtaa, Kouvola, Huutjarvi Lake, Salpa Line Museum
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and then make a trip to Ruokolahden Kirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta road trip website .

Drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra, Ruokolahden Kirkko
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

5
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Get some historical perspective at Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Old Mine Mining Museum and Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: New Valamo Monastery (in Heinavesi), Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Taitokortteli, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in June, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Joensuu, Punkaharju, Linnansaari National Park, New Valamo Monastery, Old Mine Mining Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siida and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Lemmenjoki National Park. There's more to do: head outdoors with Lake Inari.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Inari road trip website .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Savonlinna in June: highs in Inari hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

6
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of Sodankyla and The Sarestoniemi Museum. Get outdoors at Levi Ski Resort and Seven Fells Up. Change things up with these side-trips from Levi: Scandinavian Adventures (in Akaslompolo), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Kittila) and Pakasaivo (in Muonio). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm, admire all the interesting features of Ice Karting Levi, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts Einari Junttila, and get in on the family fun at Levi Huskypark.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Levi trip website .

Getting from Inari to Levi by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kittila, Kongas, Sodankyla, Akaslompolo, Pakasaivo
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Church of Sodankyla ©
Church of Sodankyla
Nature & Wildlife Tours

5
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Your inner history buff will appreciate German Soldier s Cemetery and Rovaniemi Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ranua Zoo and Kopara Reindeer Park. Go for a jaunt from Rovaniemi to Kemi to see Sampo Icebreaker about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Lordi's Square, and see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary website .

You can take a bus from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ranua Zoo, Kopara Reindeer Park, Sampo Icebreaker
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Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo
Arctic Lifestyle ©
Arctic Lifestyle
Kopara Reindeer Park ©
Kopara Reindeer Park

5
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Get outdoors at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre and Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Explore hidden gems such as Riisitunturi National Park and Korouoma Canyon. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Karhunkierros, look for gifts at Riipisen Wild Game and Souvenier Shop, fly down the slopes at Ruka, and stroll through Ruka.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo trip maker website .

You can take a bus from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Posio, Martinselkonen Wilds Centre
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Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park
Ruka ©
Ruka
Korouoma Canyon ©
Korouoma Canyon

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Helsinki Zoo and Hietaranta Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Nykytaiteen Museo). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Finland, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kuusamo to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Kuusamo, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fazer Experience Visitor Centre
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum

7
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visit Tampere Cathedral and Tampere Old Church for their historical value. Let the collections at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Emil Aaltosen Museo capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Helvetinjarven Kansallispuisto (in Ruovesi), Evo Hiking Area (in Haemeenlinna) and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa (in Sastamala). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, stop by Tammelantori, explore the wide array of goods at City Sokos, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere route website .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Evo Hiking Area, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Ideapark, Helvetinjarven Kansallispuisto
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

3
nights
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Appreciate the collections at Bonk Keskus Ky and Marela Museum House. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Rauma and Automobile Museum. Explore Rauma's surroundings by going to Pori (Yyteri Beach, Patakirppis, & more), Villa Mairea (in Noormarkku) and Uusikaupunki Old Church (in Uusikaupunki). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and take an in-depth tour of Rauman museo, Vanha Raatihuone.

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

Drive from Tampere to Rauma in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Rauma sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Uusikaupunki, Pori, Villa Mairea
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

6
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Let the collections at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Louhisaari Manor capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya) and Nagu Church (in Nagu). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, hike along The Archipelago Trail, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum, and admire the masterpieces at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Turku online road trip planner .

Getting from Rauma to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Turku sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Aland Island.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pargas Church, Naantali Church, Kurjenrahka National Park, Louhisaari Manor, Nagu Church
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Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Aland Island

Aland Island ©
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language.
On the 27th (Fri), examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Bomarsund. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kobba Klintar, and then step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Aland Island visit planning app .

You can fly from Turku to Aland Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Aland Island can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Raseborg Municipality.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

1
night
Raseborg Municipality

Raseborg Municipality ©
On the 29th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Raseborg Castle and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Raseborg Municipality online trip maker .

Do a combination of flight and train from Aland Island to Raseborg Municipality in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. You will leave for home on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Raseborg Municipality

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Raseborg Castle ©
Raseborg Castle

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