21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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21 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Vaasa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
8
Tampere
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brussels

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Hakaniemi Market and Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Jarvenpaa to see Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius about 40 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and don't miss a visit to The Esplanadi Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Helsinki are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Jarvenpaa
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Kimito Island

Kimito Island ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): head outdoors with Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Soderlangvik and then expand your understanding of the military at Oro.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kimito Island online travel planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Kimito Island by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Archipelago National Park ©
Archipelago National Park
Oro ©
Oro
Soderlangvik Manor ©
Soderlangvik Manor

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Your inner history buff will appreciate Turku Cathedral and The Church of the Holy Cross. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo & Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku tour planner.

Drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Rauma, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Naantali Old Town, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Fortress, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Marian Kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church, and finally make a trip to Linden Esplanade. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Salpa Line Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Bunker Museum, and then admire the landmark architecture of Main Building of Military School.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kotka road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Turku to Kotka takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June in Kotka, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamina, Arboretum Mustila, Bunker Museum, Salpa Line Museum
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Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 4th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip maker .

Getting from Kotka to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. June in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, get a taste of the local shopping with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and finally stop by Luovon Puoji. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Kierikkikeskus, see the interesting displays at Kierikki Stone Age Centre, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Oulu trip itinerary planning app .

Fly from Savonlinna to Oulu in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June in Oulu, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Luovon Puoji, Kierikki Stone Age Centre
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli
Kierikkikeskus ©
Kierikkikeskus

2
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Terranova, see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, then examine the collection at Stundars Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Kyr0 Distillery Company.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Oulu to Vaasa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kyr0 Distillery Company, Stundars Museum
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Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Kyr0 Distillery Company ©
Kyr0 Distillery Company

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get some historical perspective at Tampere Cathedral and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Laukko Manor and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Pori (Pori Art Museum & Yyteri Beach) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, look for gifts at Tallipihan Suklaapuoti, and enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Tampere travel route planner .

Take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Tampere, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Pori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Ahtari Zoo, Laukko Manor
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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