19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport

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Helsinki

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 off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nuuksio National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Hanko (Bellevue Beach & Tulliniemi Nature Path), Raseborg (Fagervik Church, Ekenas Archipelago National Park, &more) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, examine the collection at Fagervik Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki vacation builder.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 61°F and lows reach 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:

2
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 24th (Tue), see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, then examine the collection at National Police Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo). On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Visavuori, kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

2
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Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then experience rural life at Tahko Farmi, and then take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, then see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Leppavirta Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kuopio route builder app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kuopio takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

2
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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally take in the history at Salpa Line.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. You will leave for Lappeenranta on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 29:

2
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Lappeenranta

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island and then see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauritsala Church, and finally admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lappeenranta day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. In September in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 1:

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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): learn about all things military at Bunker Museum, then walk around Riverside Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at St. John's Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Hollola, and finally see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:

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."