20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Loviisa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h
3
Vaasa
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Frankfurt

4
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Tulliniemi Nature Path in Hanko (about 1h 40 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki trip builder app .

Frankfurt, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Frankfurt to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Frankfurt - with highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Loviisa.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Tulliniemi Nature Path
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

3
nights
Loviisa

Loviisa ©
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Porvoo and Radio and TV Museum are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Hiidenkirnut and Kiikunlahde. Change things up with these side-trips from Loviisa: Church of Hollola (in Hollola), Lahti ( Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, Motorcycle Museum of Finland, & more) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Vaaksy Canal and enjoy the sea views from Söderskärin majakka.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Loviisa day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Loviisa takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Loviisa are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Vaasa.

Things to do in Loviisa

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lahti, Porvoo, Hollola, Vaaksy Canal, Hiidenkirnut
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Motorcycle Museum of Finland ©
Motorcycle Museum of Finland
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Hiidenkirnut ©
Hiidenkirnut

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Stundars Museum and Kuddnas Museum. Get in touch with nature at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Setterbergin Puisto. Explore Vaasa's surroundings by going to Kipinakodan Luonto- Ja Elamyspalvelut (in Lappajarvi), Salgrund Pilot Station (in Kaskinen) and Powerpark (in Harma). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Neristan (Old Wooden Town), pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, get outside with Edvinin Taidepuisto Ja Korsukyla, and examine the collection at Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Vaasa trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Loviisa to Vaasa with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kokkola, Salgrund Pilot Station, Stundars Museum, Kuddnas Museum, Powerpark
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Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Appreciate the collections at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Yyteri Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Yyterin Nakotorni (in Pori), Hame Castle (in Hameenlinna) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tampere sightseeing tool .

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Pori, Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Laurinmaki nature and culture area, Crofter's Museum, Hame Castle
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Appreciate the collections at Turku Castle and Turku Biological Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Kurjenrahka National Park and Katanpaa. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Rauma to see Old Rauma about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: gain insight at Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Turku travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Moomin World, Kurjenrahka National Park, Katanpaa, Old Rauma
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

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