20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Kittila
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Akaslompolo
— 1 night
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Fly
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Inari
— 3 nights
Fly
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Porvoo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly

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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Evo Hiking Area. Step out of Tampere with an excursion to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto in Ylojarvi--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tampere day trip planning app.

London, UK to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Tampere. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from London in August since evenings lows in Tampere dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Jyvaskyla

— 1 night
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at The Craft Museum of Finland, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kuokkalan kartano.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jyvaskyla trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Jyvaskyla sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 14:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner.

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; 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 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

Lappeenranta

— 3 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 17th (Sat), examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum and then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and then admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
On the 20th (Tue), head outdoors with Seven Fells Up and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo trip maker app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Akaslompolo in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lappeenranta in August, expect Akaslompolo to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures and then experience rural life at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Levi journey builder.

Drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inari.
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 21:
Highlights from your trip

Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get some cultural insight at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lemmenjoki National Park and Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Inari day trip planner.

Getting from Levi to Inari by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Inari sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Porvoo.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 24:

Porvoo

— 3 nights
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedral of Porvoo and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Hiidenvuori and Riverside Park. Explore Porvoo's surroundings by going to Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry (in Pyhtaa), Santalahti Nature Trail (in Kotka) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Porvoo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Porvoo takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in August, things will get a bit warmer in Porvoo: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 27:

Helsinki

— 2 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.
On the 28th (Wed), admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Helsinki takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.