21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kotka
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 5 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel planner.

Lyon, France to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lyon to Helsinki. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lyon in June, with highs in Helsinki at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 21:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, then take in nature's colorful creations at Turku University Botanical Garden, and finally shop like a local with Galleria Joella. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, then enjoy some diversion at Adventure Park, then walk around Kupittaa Park, and finally see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Turku sightseeing planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Turku are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampere is known for museums, historic sites, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Finlayson Area, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere online travel planner.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 23 — 26:

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Koli National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge, stroll through Siikalahti Wetland, and then walk around The Parikkala Sculpture Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Savonlinna route tool.

Drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 1:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruokolahden Kirkko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lemin kirkko, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). There's much more to do: stroll around Riverside Park, admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, admire the natural beauty at Palotorninvuori Park, and enjoy some diversion at Katariina Seaside Park.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kotka attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kotka are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 6:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."