20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly + Train:  8​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rauma
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly + Train:  4​h
6
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Inari
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
9
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
10
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Barcelona

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Tampere travel route planner .

Barcelona, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Barcelona to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Barcelona in August: highs in Tampere hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

1
night
Rauma

Rauma ©
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rauma online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Tampere to Rauma takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Archipelago National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik, take in the waterfront activity at Helsingholm Guest Harbour, and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kimito Island trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Rauma to Kimito Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik Gard
Soderlangvik Gard

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Castle and Tulliniemi Nature Path. Popular historic sites such as Turku Cathedral and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova are in your itinerary. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum and explore the world behind art at Ett Hem Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Turku online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kimito Island to Turku takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hanko, Teijo National Park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 12th (Mon), examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museumship Pommern.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then explore the striking landscape at Hiidenvuori, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kouvola trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Kouvola in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hiidenvuori, Riverside Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

1
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 15th (Thu): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

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
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Inari Reindeerfarm, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then examine the collection at Siida, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Inari visit planner.

You can fly from Savonlinna to Inari in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in August, expect Inari to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then hit the slopes at Ruka, and then explore the stunning scenery at Kiutakongas Rapids. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kuusamo holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Kuusamo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Ruka ©
Ruka
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Cathedral of Porvoo. Get some cultural insight at Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve, admire the landmark architecture of Pohjolan toimitalo, and wander the streets of Ullanlinna.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki holiday maker tool .

Fly from Kuusamo to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Kuusamo in August, you will find days in Helsinki are a bit warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Espoo, Porvoo
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Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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