21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
2
Heinola
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Lappeenranta
— 7 nights
Drive
5
Loviisa
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Zurich

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Helsinki

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki sightseeing site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Zurich to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in June, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Heinola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:

Heinola

— 4 nights
Heinola is a town and a municipality of inhabitants located in the region of Päijänne Tavastia, Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Hiidenvuori and Päijänteen kansallispuisto. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Serlachius Museum Gustaf and Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heinola: Asikkala (Pulkkilanharju Nature Trail, Vaaksy Canal, &more), Sysma (Paijatsalo Trail & Kammiovuori Trail) and Padasjoki (Kelvenne Trail & Padasjoen Tuomastornit). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Heinolan Vesitorni and soothe aching muscles at Vierumaki – Sport Institute of Finland.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Heinola holiday planning website.

You can drive from Helsinki to Heinola in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Heinola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimaki Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mikkeli Rural Parish Church and Mikkeli Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mikkeli: Jyvaskyla (Punnitse & Saasta, Toivolan Vanha Piha, &more), Savonlinna (The Spirit of the fortress, Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, &more) and Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi). There's much more to do: get outside with Anjan Puisto, examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki, make a trip to Mannerheim Statue, and explore the world behind art at Mikkelin Taidemuseo.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli route builder website.

Drive from Heinola to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:

Lappeenranta

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lappeenrannan kirkko and Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of St. Nicholas and Joutsenon kirkko. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Ruokolahti (Kummakivi Boulder, Ruokolahden Kirkko, &more), Imatra (Imatran Kalatalo, De tre korsens kyrka, &more) and Parikkala (Parikkalan kirkko, Siikalahti Wetland, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, see the interesting displays at Finnish Forest Museum Lusto, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 7:

Loviisa

— 3 nights
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Get outdoors at Arboretum Mustila and Riverside Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and Loviisan kirkko. Change things up with these side-trips from Loviisa: Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo, Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, &more) and Porvoo (Runeberg Park, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ungern and Rosen Fortresses.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Loviisa day trip tool.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Loviisa by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."