20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kouvola
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Train
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly

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Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Riverside Park). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. It doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and see the interesting displays at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kouvola road trip planner.

Ankara, Turkey to Kouvola is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ankara to Kouvola due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ankara in July, plan for slightly colder days and much colder nights in Kouvola: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

Imatra

— 1 night
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, and then see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Imatra trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Imatra can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and trek along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip site.

You can drive from Imatra to Koli National Park in 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then stroll around Ainolan Puisto, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hupisaaret Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Oulu tour planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July, daytime highs in Oulu are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, then explore the galleries of Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and then stop by Hameenkatu. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The Parola Armour Museum and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary maker website.

You can take a train from Oulu to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 4th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach and then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pori trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Pori sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 4:

Turku

— 2 nights
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 5th (Thu): learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, and finally see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History and then make a trip to Louhisaari Manor.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Turku route planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
Pack the 10th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip tool.

Drive from Turku to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 11:

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."