20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour itinerary 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Visiting Hatanpaa Arboretum and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors. Step out of Tampere to go to Hameenlinna and see Evo Hiking Area, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip planner.

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. Traveling from London to Tampere, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in October, things will get little chillier in Tampere: highs are around 8°C and lows about 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

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 16th (Wed): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at The Craft Museum of Finland, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kuokkalan kartano.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jyvaskyla online tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Jyvaskyla, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Shopping · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 16:

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 17th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Siikalahti Wetland, 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 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna visit planning website.

Getting from Jyvaskyla to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum and then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): contemplate the long history of The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and then steep yourself in history at Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta route planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): head outdoors with Seven Fells Up and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Akaslompolo by combination of train and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lappeenranta in October, with highs in Akaslompolo at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Levi.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

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.
On the 23rd (Wed), make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures and then relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Levi route builder.

You can drive from Akaslompolo to Levi in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in October, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Inari.
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Lemmenjoki National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Inari day trip planner.

You can fly from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Inari sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. On the 26th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Porvoo.

Things to do in Inari

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Porvoo

— 3 nights
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry and Cathedral of Porvoo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hiidenvuori and Santalahti Nature Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Porvoo: Kotka (Riverside Park & Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Porvoo travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Inari to Porvoo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in October, expect Porvoo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 10°C and 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:

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 30th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

You can drive from Porvoo to Helsinki in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Helsinki sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

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.