20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Oulu
— 3 nights
Train
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Attractions like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Aurinkolahti Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo), Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). Pack the 31st (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hietaranta Beach and stop by Pien Shop & Bar.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki online trip itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Helsinki, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Savonlinna

— 4 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Olavinlinna Castle and Imatra Waterfall. Pikkukirkko and Paaskylahden kirkko will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi), Imatra (Lammassaari Island & Malonsaari) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, and get all the information you need at Riihisaari.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Savonlinna road trip planning app.

Getting from Helsinki to Savonlinna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

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.
Visiting Ukko-Koli Hill and Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Paha-Koli Hill and Pielinen. Get out of town with these interesting Koli National Park side-trips: Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara) and Tahko Farmi (in Tahkovuori). There's more to do: take a peaceful walk through Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Koli National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Family-friendly places like Nallikari Beach and Hupisaaret Park will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will get to explore Raahe Museum and Oulun Taidemuseo. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Oulu Cathedral, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, and shop like a local with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Oulu trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get your game on at Snowman World Igloo Hotel, then explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, and then find something for the whole family at SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles and then take in the dramatic scenery at Auttikongas.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks · Parks · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

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."