54 days in Finland Itinerary

54 days in Finland Itinerary

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Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
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Kotka
— 5 nights
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Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
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Lahti
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 6 nights
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Turku
— 7 nights
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Helsinki
— 8 nights
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Rovaniemi — 4 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rovaniemi: Korouoma Canyon (in Posio), Ranua Zoo (in Ranua) and Pyha-Luosto National Park (in Pyhatunturi). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Elf's Farmyard, and engage your brain at Science Centre Pilke.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi tour planner.

London, UK to Rovaniemi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from London in August, things will get little chillier in Rovaniemi: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to fly to Kotka.
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Kotka — 5 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: St Michael Church (in Pernaja), Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, &more) and Fagerö Kaunissaari (in Pyhtaa). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum, head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum, and walk around Riverside Park.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kotka trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Kotka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Savonlinna.
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Savonlinna — 4 nights

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Savonlinna: Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju), Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Parikkala (Parikkalan kirkko, Siikalahti Wetland, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, step aboard S/S Salama, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and examine the collection at Finnish Forest Museum Lusto.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planning website.

You can fly from Kotka to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Koli National Park.
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Koli National Park — 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka), Vuokatinvaara (in Vuokatti) and Tahkon Portaat (in Tahkovuori). There's lots more to do: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In August in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Mikkeli.
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Mikkeli — 5 nights

Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to St. George Church (in Joroinen), Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Museum Juvan (in Juva). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Viewing Platform in Puumala, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, enjoy breathtaking views from Naisvuori Observation Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Park Mikkelipuisto.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mikkeli day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Mikkeli takes 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.
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Lappeenranta — 4 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Imatra (Imatran Kalatalo, Tainionkosken Church, &more) and Ruokolahti (Kummakivi Boulder, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and brush up on your military savvy at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta visit app.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Lahti.
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Lahti — 5 nights

Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Get out of town with these interesting Lahti side-trips: Heinolan Lintutarha (in Heinola), World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill (in Kouvola) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Padasjoen Tuomastornit, hike along Paijatsalo Trail, have fun at Laune Central Park, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Lahti road trip planning website.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Lahti by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lahti can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tampere.
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Tampere — 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Gegwen Getaways (in Lempaala), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, and see the interesting displays at Sara Hilden Art Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tampere online route planner.

Drive from Lahti to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.
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Turku — 7 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Koylion Kirkkokari (in Koylio), Nagu Church (in Nagu) and Rauma (Old Rauma, The Church of the Holy Cross, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, admire the natural beauty at Alppiruusupuisto, and enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku trip maker tool.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Turku, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Helsinki.
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, stroll around The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to fly 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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