21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Inari
— 1 night
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Temppeliaukio Church. Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, stroll through The Esplanadi Park, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, and wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder.

Washington DC, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 71°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Laukko Manor and Galleria Ronga. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Visavuori. When in Tampere, make a side trip to see Jokioinen Museum Railway in Jokioinen, approximately Jokioinen away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, kick back and relax at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Naantali Old Town. Step out of Turku to go to Pernio and see Teijo National Park, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Vepsa Island, and admire the landmark architecture of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

Porvoo

— 1 night
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): look for gifts at Riimikko, shop like a local with Nasin Kartanon Galleria, revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Porvoo trip itinerary app.

Drive from Turku to Porvoo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Porvoo can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Porvoo

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 17:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll explore and learn at Salpa Line Museum and Kouvola City Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Linden Esplanade (in Kotka), Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral (in Hamina) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Porvoo to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 21st (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Savonlinna road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in July, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

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

Inari

— 1 night
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 22nd (Mon): get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Inari trip planner.

Fly from Savonlinna to Inari in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Savonlinna in July, expect nights in Inari to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 23:

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Giewont Husky Adventures, then look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then explore the world behind art at Sarestoniemi Museum, and finally relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Enontekio Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Levi visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Levi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in July, and nighttime lows around 50°F. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Levi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."

Lapland travel guide

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Landmarks · Safaris · Nightlife
The wild expanses of Lapland promise spectacular scenery, adventure, and rich cultural experiences. As the country's northernmost region, it sits well above the Arctic Circle. Despite also being the largest region, in Lapland just 3.4 percent of the Finnish population calls this great stretch of land home, leaving plenty of room for pristine lakes, dense forest, and seven unspoiled national parks. An abundance of well-marked trails await hikers of all levels, while more remote and rugged adventures beckon experienced explorers. Music is of particular importance in these parts, so try to catch a concert or dance performance during your stay.