20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
7
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Krakow

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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali). Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). Pack the 10th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, explore the engaging exhibits at Finnish Toy Museum Hevosenkenka, and get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki online travel planner.

Krakow, Poland to Helsinki is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Krakow to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Krakow in July, you will find days in Helsinki are slightly colder (25°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 13:

Kouvola

— 4 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Attractions like Repovesi National Park and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Kouvola: Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and stroll through Arboretum Mustila.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kouvola trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kouvola takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:

Imatra

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Tainionkosken Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, and then see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder and then explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Imatra route planner.

Getting from Kouvola to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 19:

Koli National Park

— 4 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: stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, and relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Koli National Park takes 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 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then stroll around Ainolan Puisto, and then stroll around Hupisaaret Park. On your second day here, grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, and then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Oulu trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Koli National Park to Oulu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. July in Oulu sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Pori.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 26th (Mon), stroll through Yyteri Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Pori road trip planning website.

You can fly from Oulu to Pori in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:

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 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, then get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and then stop by Hameenkatu. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Visavuori and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip maker site.

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

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."