19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Turku
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
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Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and finally learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then stroll around Kupittaa Park, then take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku holiday planning website.

Krakow, Poland to Turku is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Krakow to Turku due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Krakow in August, you will find days in Turku are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 9:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Museo Militaria (in Hameenlinna), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). There's lots more to do: stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Moomin Museum, and find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 13th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, then steep yourself in history at German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III, then contemplate the long history of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and finally take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

Planning Kouvola trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tampere to Kouvola in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Mikkeli

— 3 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mikkeli: St. George Church (in Joroinen), Rapio Mill (in Juva) and Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, get great views at Neitvuori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, and take in panoramic vistas at Naisvuori Observation Tower.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mikkeli trip planning site.

Getting from Kouvola to Mikkeli by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

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 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Savonlinna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 18:

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, explore the activities along Pielinen, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park vacation builder tool.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 21:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. August in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 22:

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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki driving holiday planning app.

You can fly from Rovaniemi to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. When traveling from Rovaniemi in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

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."