19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
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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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Kotka

— 2 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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Salpa Line Museum and Bunker Museum. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). There's still lots to do: stroll through Riverside Park, walk around Sibelius Park, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kotka Church.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kotka trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kotka is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Tel Aviv in August, expect nights in Kotka to be much colder, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Attractions like Vapriikin Museokeskus and Pyhan Birgitan kirkko make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki and take an in-depth tour of Milavida Museo.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Tampere takes 3 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 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Kimito Island

— 2 nights
On the 10th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik gard and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Archipelago National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kimito Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 12th (Mon), get your bearings at Turku City Library, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 1 night
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

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

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Discover out-of-the-way places like Linnanmaki Amusement Park and Laajalahti Nature Reserve. Change things up with a short trip to Hagen - Ramsholmen - Hogholmen in Raseborg (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 18th (Sun), look for gifts at Your Piece Of Finland, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Santa Claus Village. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Arktikum and then get in on the family fun at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Helsinki in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Rovaniemi, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

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."