21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Naantali
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mustasaari
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
8
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Los Angeles

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.
Pack the 25th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder .

Los Angeles, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Helsinki. In July, Helsinki is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 71°F and lows of 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Naantali.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Naantali

Naantali ©
Naantali is a town in south-western Finland, known as one of the most important tourist centres of the country. On the 28th (Sat), have fun at Moomin World, then browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, then browse the collection at Turku City Library, and finally take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Naantali day trip site .

Drive from Helsinki to Naantali in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Naantali are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Naantali

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Turku
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step out of Tampere to go to Parola and see Holy Cross Church, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, step off the mainland to explore Viikinsaari Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vanha Kirkko, and enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip planner .

You can drive from Naantali to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Holy Cross Church
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, stroll through Kirjurinluoto, then take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pori trip planning site .

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mustasaari.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Kirjurinluoto ©
Kirjurinluoto

1
night
Mustasaari

Mustasaari ©
Korsholm is a municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mustasaari online tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Pori to Mustasaari in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mustasaari

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site
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1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mustasaari to Savonlinna takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in August, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Pikkukirkko ©
Pikkukirkko

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Koli National Park travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Rovaniemi is known for theme parks, museums, fun & games, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village, enjoy some diversion at Santa Claus Office, see the interesting displays at Christmas House Santa, and get engrossed in the history at Arktikum.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Theme Parks Outdoors
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

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