20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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Train to Brussels, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Saarijarvi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Palkane
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Maastricht

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Hietaranta Beach make great kid-friendly stops. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. Pack the 16th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker site.

Maastricht, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Kotka

— 3 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and then meet the residents at Maretarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, then let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park, and then stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kotka road trip planning site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Savonlinna

— 3 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Popular historic sites such as Olavinlinna Castle and New Valamo Monastery are in your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum and Punkaharju Ridge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: The Parikkala Sculpture Park (in Parikkala) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna route planner.

Drive from Kotka to Savonlinna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Saarijarvi.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Saarijarvi

— 3 nights
Saarijärvi is a town and municipality of Finland. Get some cultural insight at Finnish Air Force Museum and The Alvar Aalto Museum. Explore Saarijarvi's surroundings by going to Jyvaskyla (The Craft Museum of Finland & Natural History Museum of Central Finland) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Pyha-Hakki National Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Saarijarvi, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Savonlinna to Saarijarvi by car takes about 3.5 hours. In July in Saarijarvi, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Palkane.

Things to do in Saarijarvi

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

Palkane

— 3 nights
Pälkäne is a municipality of Finland.Pälkäne is in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Pirkanmaa region. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Evo Hiking Area and then step into the grandiose world of Hame Castle. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Aulanko and then see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria.

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You can drive from Saarijarvi to Palkane in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Palkane can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Palkane

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 29:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Family-friendly places like Turku Castle and Moomin World will thrill your kids. Turku Cathedral and Galleria Joella are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Kurjenrahka National Park in Poytya, about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, admire the landmark architecture of Kuusisto Manor, and get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Turku online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Palkane to Turku takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."

Central Finland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · History Museums · Military Museums
Central Finland is a region in Finland. It borders the regions of Päijät-Häme, Pirkanmaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, Pohjois-Savo, and Etelä-Savo.Jyväskylä is the regional centre and by far the largest city in the area.Historical provincesFor history, geography and culture see: Tavastia, Savonia, Ostrobothnia

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Southwest Finland travel guide

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Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Southwest Finland, also known in English as Finland Proper is the region in south-western Finland that borders the regions of Satakunta and Tavastia Proper. Its capital and biggest city is Turku with 182,000 inhabitants and metro population of 316,000. Turku was also the most important city in Finland from its establishment around the 13th century until the 1840s.The area comprising the southwest is largely the same as the historical province of Finland Proper, so named because it is the original home of the tribe known as the Finns. 5.7% of population of the region speaks Swedish natively.Origin of the nameThe name of Finland Proper has a historical function. In historic times, in the area of the present southern Finland lived three tribes, which were the Finns, the Tavastians and the Karelians. The southwestern part of the country, the province where the Finns lived, was called simply Finland (Finnish: Suomi). In the 17th century the name began to be used to refer to the whole land and a specified name for the lesser Finland was required. The first notes Fennigia specialiter dicta and Fennigia presse dicta were recorded in Latin in the 1650s and the Swedish Finland för sig sielft and Egenteliga Finland later in the 18th century the modern form Egentliga Finland being in official use at the end of the century. The Finnish term Varsinais-Suomi became established only around the 1850s.

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