21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Imatra
— 2 nights
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
4
Inari
— 2 nights
5
Tampere
— 3 nights
6
Pori
— 1 night
7
Turku
— 3 nights
8
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Katajanokka. Get some cultural insight at Temppeliaukio Church and The National Museum of Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Helsinki: Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip builder website.

Polokwane, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 25-hour flight. When traveling from Polokwane in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Helsinki, with highs around 24°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Porvoo, Vantaa Art Museum, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, then make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Imatra trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Imatra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Siikalahti Wetland, Kummakivi Boulder
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): get outside with Lietvesi Scenic Road, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna online trip maker.

Drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will leave for Inari on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Lietvesi Scenic Road, Punkaharju Ridge
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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. On the 2nd (Mon), get a dose of the wild on Angeli Reindeer Farm, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then trek along Juutua Nature Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Inari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in September; daily highs in Inari reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Get in touch with nature at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere route planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Inari to Tampere in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in September, you will find days in Tampere are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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, kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and then examine the collection at Villa Mairea.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pori day trip planning site.

Drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Pori, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Herrainpaivat Beach ©
Herrainpaivat 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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Archipelago Trail and Bike Rental - by Carfield. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Step out of Turku to go to Rauma and see Old Rauma, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Pori to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. September in Turku sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Old Rauma
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Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Nature
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kobba Klintar ©
Kobba Klintar