21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
2
Turku
— 2 nights
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
4
Kouvola
— 2 nights
5
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
7
Koli National Park
— 3 nights
8
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights

5
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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 69°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 2nd (Wed), browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, explore the galleries of Turku Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History. Keep things going the next day: learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku online day trip planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre ©
Forum Marinum Maritime Centre

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Hameenlinna to see Museo Militaria about 52 minutes away. Pack the 5th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, examine the collection at Tampere Mineral Museum, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tampere driving holiday app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Museo Militaria
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Woikosken Automuseo, then steep yourself in history at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then see the interesting displays at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Kouvola route planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Woikosken Automuseo
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum ©
Kouvola Tube Radio Museum

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): brush up on your military savvy at Communications Centre Lokki, don't miss a visit to Pursialan hiidenkirnu, then make a trip to Viewing Platform in Puumala, and finally paddle through the water with Lakeland GTE. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Church, and finally make a trip to Rapio Mill.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mikkeli road trip tool.

Drive from Kouvola to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Puumala, St. George Church, Rapio Mill
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
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Mikkeli Rural Parish Church ©
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church
Communications Centre Lokki
Communications Centre Lokki
Pursialan hiidenkirnu ©
Pursialan hiidenkirnu

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna driving holiday planning website.

Drive from Mikkeli to Savonlinna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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 plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Makravaara Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Koli Nature Centre Ukko
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, see Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi road trip planning app.

Drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in September, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 14 — 16:
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

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