20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Visiting Hatanpaa Arboretum and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Evo Hiking Area in Hameenlinna (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

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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. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from London in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Tampere, with lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

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. On the 14th (Wed), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at The Craft Museum of Finland, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kuokkalan kartano.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jyvaskyla online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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 see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko, examine the collection 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 take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Savonlinna route 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. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum and then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and then don't miss a visit to Lappeen Marian kirkko.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Akaslompolo

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get outside with Seven Fells Up and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read Akaslompolo travel tool.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Akaslompolo in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lappeenranta in August: high temperatures in Akaslompolo hover around 19°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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 relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

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Traveling by car from Akaslompolo to Levi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in August, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Inari.
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Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Do some cultural sightseeing at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lemmenjoki National Park and Tuula's Reindeer. The adventure continues: relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm and wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Inari trip planner.

Fly from Levi to Inari in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Inari, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 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

Nature · Parks · 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedral of Porvoo and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hiidenvuori and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Porvoo side-trips: Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Kotka (Riverside Park & Santalahti Nature Trail). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Porvoo holiday planner.

Getting from Inari to Porvoo by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, Porvoo is a bit warmer than Inari - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and then explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Getting from Porvoo to Helsinki by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Helsinki are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough 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.