32 days in Finland Itinerary

32 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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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Train
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Rovaniemi
— 5 nights
Bus
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Kuusamo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mustasaari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 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. Take a break from Kotka with a short trip to Repovesi National Park in Kouvola, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, stroll around Sibelius Park, and get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka trip app.

Indianapolis, USA to Kotka is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Indianapolis in May, expect Kotka to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Helsinki.
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Helsinki — 7 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.
Helsinki is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to fly to Rovaniemi.
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Find places to stay May 4 — 11:

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.
Rovaniemi is known for sightseeing, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: push the limits with an extreme tour, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi day trip planning tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Helsinki in May, things will get a bit cooler in Rovaniemi: highs are around 51°F and lows about 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.
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Kuusamo — 4 nights

Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore Kuusamo's surroundings by going to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma) and Posioutdoors (in Posio). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. The adventure continues: experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, hike along Karhunkierros Trail, explore the activities along Kiutakongas Rapids, and take a memorable tour with Era-Susi Huskies - Day Tours.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo vacation builder site.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Koli National Park.
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Koli National Park — 2 nights

Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, indulge in some personalized pampering at Koli Relax Spa, hike along Paha-Koli Hill, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and finally hike along Ukko-Koli Hill. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Rylays Hill, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, then make a trip to Paateri, and finally trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Koli National Park takes 5 hours. While traveling from Kuusamo, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Koli National Park, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Mustasaari.
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Mustasaari — 2 nights

Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. On the 23rd (Thu), head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Saltkaret, take in the views from Raippaluodon Silta, then wander the wide-open spaces of Aava Kertun Kotitila, and finally trek along Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mustasaari trip planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Mustasaari in 7 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mustasaari are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.
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Turku — 3 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Rauma (Vanha Raatihuone, Old Rauma, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Turku trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Turku takes 5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tampere.
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Tampere — 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tampere travel planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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Finland travel guide

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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."
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