19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Tampere
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Train
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Lahti
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 3 nights
Drive to Ivalo Airport, Fly to Buffalo Niagara International Airport

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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.
On the 5th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, and finally take an in-depth tour of Visavuori.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary app.

Buffalo, USA to Tampere is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Buffalo to Tampere. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Buffalo in July; daily highs in Tampere reach 70°F and lows reach 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Villa Mairea, enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, then view the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pori visit planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Pori takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Pori, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Kylamaki Village of Living History. When in Turku, make a side trip to see Old Rauma in Rauma, approximately Rauma away. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, and get your game on at Moomin World.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner.

Drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kobba Klintar, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Getabergen, steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antikbutiken, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mariehamn trip planning site.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 13th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

Fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Lappeenranta

— 1 night

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 (Sun): examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and finally explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta online holiday planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can take a train to Lahti.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Lahti

— 1 night
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 15th (Mon), let the kids burn off some steam at Laune Central Park, get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, then get a sense of history and politics at Lahti City Hall, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lahti trip itinerary website.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Lahti by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 15:

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.
Let the collections at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Design Museum capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, and visit Katajanokka.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lahti to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You've now added The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the venue of The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, see the interesting displays at Gold Prospector Museum, then look for gifts at Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari road trip planning tool.

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, Inari is little chillier than Helsinki - with highs of 64°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

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."