18 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

18 days in Finnish Archipelago, Lakeland & Helsinki Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Hanko
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Hanko
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Savonlinna
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly

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Hanko

— 3 nights
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Teijo National Park.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hanko day trip planning website.

Phoenix, USA to Hanko is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 9 hours. Traveling from Phoenix in July, expect Hanko to be cooler, temps between 70°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get some historical perspective at Turku Cathedral and The Church of the Holy Cross. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Old Rauma, The Old Town Hall Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hanko to Turku takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

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 11th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online visit planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then make a trip to Riihisaari, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

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

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Tampere to Savonlinna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Lappeenranta

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and finally explore the activities along Saimaa Canal. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Kotka

— 3 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. Escape the urban bustle at Valkmusa National Park and Lehman. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arboretum Mustila and Santalahti Nature Trail. Take a break from Kotka with a short trip to Stromforsin Ruukki in Ruotsinpyhtaa, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Riverside Park.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kotka trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Helsinki

— 3 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.
Relax by the water at Aurinkolahti Beach and Hietaranta Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. There's still lots to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and explore the world behind art at Design Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip website.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21: