19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

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19 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Pori
— 1 night
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Lahti
— 1 night
train:  1​h
8
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Inari
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Buffalo

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, and finally go for a walk through Visavuori.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip maker tool .

Buffalo, USA to Tampere is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Time (EET) is 7 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Buffalo in July; daily highs in Tampere reach 70°F and lows reach 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): examine the collection at Villa Mairea, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, then take in the exciting artwork at Pori Art Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pori online visit planner .

You can take a bus from Tampere to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. July in Pori sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Old Rauma will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Naantali Old Town and Turku Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Turku sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Old Rauma
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Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, and finally examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Getabergen, contemplate the long history of 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 find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Aland Island, Antikbutiken, Getabergen, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Kastelholm Castle
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

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night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 14th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip builder app .

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Lahti.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

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Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. On the 15th (Mon), enjoy some diversion at Laune Central Park, get into the urban bustle at Sibelius Hall, examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, examine the collection at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, then admire the striking features of Lahti City Hall, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Hollola.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lahti travel route tool .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Lahti by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July in Lahti, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Hollola
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Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Church of Hollola ©
Church of Hollola
Kiikunlahde ©
Kiikunlahde

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nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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 Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, wander the streets of Katajanokka, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukion Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki journey site .

Getting from Lahti to Helsinki by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 71°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cathedral of Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park

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nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): admire the striking features 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, stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Inari trip tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Inari by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Helsinki in July, with highs in Inari at 64°F and lows at 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

Side Trips

Lemmenjoki National Park, Hippupuoti Gift Shop, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

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