21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Polokwane
Fly:  25​h
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h 15​min
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Pori
— 1 night
7
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
End: Polokwane

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nuuksio National Park. Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Katajanokka, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki journey planner.

Polokwane, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 25-hour flight. While traveling from Polokwane, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Helsinki, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

2
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and then admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, then step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Imatra road trip planner.

Take a train from Helsinki to Imatra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Imatra sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Kummakivi Boulder, Siikalahti Wetland
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): take a memorable drive along Lietvesi Scenic Road, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolovesi National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna travel planner.

You can drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Lietvesi Scenic Road, Punkaharju Ridge, Kolovesi National Park
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Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): wander the wide-open spaces of Angeli Reindeer Farm, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then hike along Juutua Nature Trail, and finally examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary planning website .

Fly from Savonlinna to Inari in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in September, expect Inari to be slightly colder, temps between 13°C and 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Step out of the city life by going to Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto and Riihiniemen Uimaranta. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tampere vacation tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Inari to Tampere takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. While traveling from Inari, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Tampere, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

1
night
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and then examine the collection at Villa Mairea.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pori trip site .

Getting from Tampere to Pori by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Pori are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naantali Old Town and Turku Castle. Get outdoors at The Archipelago Trail and Bike Rental - by Carfield. Step out of Turku with an excursion to Old Rauma in Rauma--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Naantali Old Town
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Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 11th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and finally contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Mariehamn road trip planning website .

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. September in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern

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