21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Fly + train:  3​h 30​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
7
Inari
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Tallinn

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 30th (Thu), see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip maker site .

Tallinn, Estonia to Tampere is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums, #Theme Parks

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Archipelago National Park. Keep things going the next day: deepen your knowledge of military history at Oro.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kimito Island online trip maker .

You can drive from Tampere to Kimito Island in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kimito Island are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Tours
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and The Church of the Holy Cross are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to The Archipelago Trail and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Rauma (Rauma Water Tower & Old Rauma). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Kultaranta Garden, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Turku day trip website .

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Turku

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, Kultaranta Garden
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko, admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally head off the coast to Lammassaari Island. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Imatra tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Imatra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Imatra are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lappeenranta
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto and Old Mine Mining Museum. Visiting Paha-Koli Hill and Utra Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of Koli National Park to go to Joensuu and see Joensuu Church, which is approximately 1h 05 min away.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park visit planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Imatra to Koli National Park. September in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Joensuu, Old Mine Mining Museum
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Old Mine Mining Museum ©
Old Mine Mining Museum
Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Get in touch with nature at Kiutakongas Rapids and Hossa National Park. Explore hidden gems such as The Predator Center in Kuusamo and Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Julma Olkky, stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, and explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Kuusamo. September in Kuusamo sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Hossa National Park
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre ©

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Explore hidden gems such as Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Gold Prospector Museum. Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Inari with a short trip to Urho Kekkonen National Park in Saariselka, about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Inari driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kuusamo to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Inari, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trips

Lemmenjoki National Park, Gold Prospector Museum, Urho Kekkonen National Park
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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