21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
1
Helsinki
— 2 nights
2
Tampere
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Savonlinna
— 1 night
7
Inari
— 1 night
8
Levi
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Hakaniemi Market and Kansallisgalleria. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and take a stroll through Katajanokka.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki journey maker website .

Richmond, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 17-hour combination of bus, train, and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Richmond to Helsinki, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Richmond in July, expect Helsinki to be little chillier, temps between 71°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church

3
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do your shopping at Laukko Manor and Galleria Ronga. Relax by the water at Riihiniemen Uimaranta and Rauhaniemi Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Jokioinen Museum Railway (in Jokioinen). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tampere sightseeing site .

Take a train from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Jokioinen Museum Railway, Visavuori
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Jokioinen Museum Railway ©
Jokioinen Museum Railway

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Teijo national park and Ett Hem Museum. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, and step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Turku visit planner.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Teijo national park
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

1
night
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
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): stop by Riimikko, take in the exciting artwork at Nasin Kartanon Galleria, get some fabulous bargains at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo, and finally make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Porvoo trip maker site .

Drive from Turku to Porvoo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Porvoo are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 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
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Nasin Kartanon Galleria ©
Nasin Kartanon Galleria
Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo
Riimikko ©
Riimikko

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Visiting Arboretum Mustila and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hiidenvuori and Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Linden Esplanade (in Kotka). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kouvola City Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kouvola vacation builder website .

You can drive from Porvoo to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Arboretum Mustila, Salpa Line Museum, Hiidenvuori, Linden Esplanade, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna online attractions planner .

Drive from Kouvola to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, then see the interesting displays at Siida, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. On your second day here, trek along Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Inari online trip planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Inari by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Savonlinna in July, expect nights in Inari to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

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nights
Levi

Levi ©
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): make a trip to Giewont Husky Adventures, look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, then see the interesting displays at The Sarestoniemi Museum, and finally relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): glide through natural beauty at Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages and then pause for some serene contemplation at Enontekio Church.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Levi vacation planning site .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and bus from Inari to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Levi can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Levi

Wildlife Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Kittila, Enontekio Church, Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages, Akaslompolo Sportshop, Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm
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Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Cottages ©
Enontekio Church ©
Enontekio Church
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop