16 days in Finland Itinerary

16 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Porvoo
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then walk around Kaivopuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): get your bearings at Oodi Central Library, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Zurich in August, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. On the 12th (Thu), you're off to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors
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Porvoo

— 3 nights
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Porvoo Old Town and Cathedral of Porvoo. Get outdoors at Hiidenvuori and Kokkovuori (Bonfire Mountain). Take a break from Porvoo with a short trip to Maritime Centre Vellamo in Kotka, about 1h 5 min away.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Porvoo online route planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Porvoo can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You'll set off for Lappeenranta on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Porvoo

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Lappeenranta

— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Imatra Waterfall and Repovesi National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saimaa Canal and Tohtorikalat Jalkahoitola. There's more to do: examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress and pause for some serene contemplation at Lemin kirkko.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta travel route planning app.

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Lappeenranta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Kuopio

— 1 night
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall and then admire all the interesting features of Puijo Tower.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuopio trip planner.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get in touch with nature at Yyteri Beach and Pohtiolampi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. There's much more to do: stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip app.

You can drive from Kuopio to Tampere in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:

Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

On the 24th (Tue), get your bearings at Oodi Central Library, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

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

You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."