23 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Sotkamo
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
8
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
9
Tampere
— 4 nights
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Helsinki — 4 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.
Get outdoors at Kytaja Golf and Aurinkolahti Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Espoo (Nuuksio National Park & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, stop by Ullanlinna, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Helsinki is 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in October, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.
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Kouvola — 2 nights

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then tour or see a game at Tykkimaen Sauna, then take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade, and finally contemplate the long history of Industrial park Karhu ja Tahti.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Levi.
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Levi — 2 nights

Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 29th (Sat), stroll through Yllas Ski Resort, then get in touch with nature with Outdoors Yllas, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Hidden Trails Lapland, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Santa"s Cottage & Pet Farm. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities, then take a peaceful walk through Foxfires Arctic Spa Sauna Experience, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Levi Activity Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Levi day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Kouvola to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kouvola in October, expect Levi to be a bit cooler, temps between 3°C and -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pyhatunturi.
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Pyhatunturi — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pyhatunturi travel planning app.

You can drive from Levi to Pyhatunturi in 2.5 hours. October in Pyhatunturi sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Sotkamo.
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Sotkamo — 3 nights

Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Take a break from the city and head to Hiukka and Kainuun Vaellustalli. Change things up with these side-trips from Sotkamo: Rautavaara (Venajanhiekka & Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sotkamo online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Pyhatunturi to Sotkamo by car takes about 6 hours. In October, daytime highs in Sotkamo are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Karu Survival and Ukko-Koli. Your inner history buff will appreciate Uhrihalkeama and Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko. Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Utra Beach in Joensuu--about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, contemplate the waterfront views at Neitikoski Rapids, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and examine the collection at Koli Nature Centre Ukko.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Sotkamo to Koli National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in November, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.
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Vaasa — 1 night

Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): head off the coast to Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vaasa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Vaasa takes 6.5 hours. November in Vaasa sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Pori.
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Pori — 1 night

Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, and then stroll around Kirjurinluoto.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pori driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Vaasa to Pori in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Pori are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive 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.
Visiting Rauhaniemi Beach and Sauna and Aulanko Golf will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Linna Golf (in Hameenlinna), Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Gegwen Getaways (in Lempaala). And it doesn't end there: boost your wellbeing at Tullin Sauna, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere online day trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Tampere, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) 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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