23 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Inari
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Inari
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Konya

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Helsinki — 6 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bellevue Beach and Aurinkolahti Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Kytaja Golf (in Hyvinkaa), Kuhakoski Waterfall (in Nurmijarvi) and Espoo (Nuuksio National Park & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Katajanokka, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and admire the masterpieces at Didrichsen Art Museum.

Before you visit Helsinki, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Konya, Turkey to Helsinki is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Konya in October, with highs in Helsinki at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Turku.
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Turku — 2 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, hike along The Archipelago Trail, then kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable tour with Bike Rental - by Carfield, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and finally head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tampere.
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Tampere — 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna and Aulanko Golf. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Linna Golf (in Hameenlinna) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's lots more to do: boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, and view the masterpieces at Haihara Art Centre.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tampere tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.
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Inari — 2 nights

Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. On the 13th (Thu), tour along fresh powder with Visit Inari Safaris & Accommodation and then experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Juutua Nature Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then revel in the low prices at Inarin Hopea, and finally see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Inari day trip site.

Getting from Tampere to Inari by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tampere in October; daily highs in Inari reach 3°C and lows reach -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Levi.
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Levi — 3 nights

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Get outdoors at Foxfires Arctic Spa Sauna Experience and Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Levi: Akaslompolo (Hidden Trails Lapland & Outdoors Yllas). And it doesn't end there: push the limits with Levi Activity Park, take a stroll through Ounasjoki - River for activities, and look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Levi travel route planner.

You can drive from Inari to Levi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Koli National Park.
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Koli National Park — 4 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Venajanhiekka and Utra Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Paha-Koli Hill and Akka-Koli Hill. Go for a jaunt from Koli National Park to Kontiolahti to see Karu Survival about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, explore the striking landscape at Uhrihalkeama, indulge in some personalized pampering at Koli Relax Spa, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Koli National Park vacation app.

Traveling by car from Levi to Koli National Park takes 8.5 hours. Traveling from Levi in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Koli National Park, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kotka.
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Kotka — 2 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. On the 22nd (Sat), wander the streets of Hamina Old Town, relax and rejuvenate at Tykkimaen Sauna, then look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park, and finally take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kotka attractions site.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kotka takes 5.5 hours. October in Kotka sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride 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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