21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Vaasa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Train
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive
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Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Parikkala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 4 nights
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Vaasa

— 2 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Mustasaaren kirkko and Terranova. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site and Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Vaasa Car & Motor Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vaasa day trip planning app.

Helsinki to Vaasa is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 4th (Sun), stroll through Hupisaaret Park, then examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, and then admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Tietomaa, grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, and then examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oulu trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Vaasa to Oulu by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Do some cultural sightseeing at German Soldier s Cemetery and Arktikum. Visiting Auttikongas and Syvasenvaara Fell will get you outdoors. It doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip site.

Take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 8:

Kuusamo

— 3 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to The Predator Center in Kuusamo and Karhunkierros. Get outdoors at Pieni Karhunkierros Trail and Julma Olkky. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Wanha Raatesalmi.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo travel route planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

Kajaani

— 1 night
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 12th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kajaani Church and then step into the grandiose world of Kajaani Castle ruins.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kajaani trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Kajaani in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kajaani

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 12:

Joensuu

— 2 nights
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): trek along Lykynlampi Outdoor Centre and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Valamo Monastery. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hunt for treasures at Joensuun Tori (Joensuu Market), then examine the collection at Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma, and then explore the world behind art at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Joensuu journey planning website.

Drive from Kajaani to Joensuu in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Joensuu are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Parikkala.

Things to do in Joensuu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Parikkala

— 3 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Punkaharju Ridge and Siikalahti Wetland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum and Rautjarven kirkko.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Parikkala visit planning tool.

Drive from Joensuu to Parikkala in 2 hours. July in Parikkala sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Parikkala

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Kouvola

— 4 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get in touch with nature at Arboretum Mustila and Riverside Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God. Venture out of the city with trips to Lappeenrannan kirkko (in Lappeenranta) and Kotka (St. Nicholas Orthodox Church & Kotka Church). There's more to do: examine the collection at Model Railroad Museum Kouvola.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola trip planner.

You can drive from Parikkala to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:

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."