17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Rauma
— 1 night
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly
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Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive
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Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Inari
— 1 day
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary builder app.

Barcelona, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Barcelona to Tampere is 1 hour. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect nights in Tampere to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 4:

Rauma

— 1 night
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 5th (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, then look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

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

Getting from Tampere to Rauma by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Rauma, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 5:

Kimito Island

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Archipelago National Park. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik Gard, make a trip to Helsingholm Guest Harbour, and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kimito Island, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Rauma to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Kimito Island sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, then make a trip to Naantali Old Town, and then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

Drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 10:

Kouvola

— 1 night
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, then take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kouvola, use our trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Mariehamn to Kouvola in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Imatra

— 2 nights
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 12th (Mon), explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. On the 13th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Imatra travel planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Imatra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Savonlinna trip tool.

Drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:

Inari

— 1 day
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari online attractions planner.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Inari in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Savonlinna in August, with highs in Inari at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 15:

Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): hit the slopes at Ruka and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo trip maker.

Getting from Inari to Kuusamo by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki online day trip planner.

You can fly from Kuusamo to Helsinki in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kuusamo in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."