21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland planner

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Tampere
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Stand-Up Paddleboarding make great kid-friendly stops. Get some historical perspective at Temppeliaukio Church and Johannes Church. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip builder.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Visiting Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maritime Centre Vellamo and Sapokka Water Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Hiidenvuori (in Iitti) and Motorcycle Museum of Finland (in Lahti). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and examine the collection at Model Railroad Museum Kouvola.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kouvola tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kouvola takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Lappeenranta

— 2 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Rautjarven kirkko, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, pause for some serene contemplation at Tainionkosken Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and finally explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): examine the collection at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then walk around Lilla holmen, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, then make a trip to Bomarsund, and finally steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri.

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

Fly from Savonlinna to Mariehamn in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get outdoors at VMB Fishing and Bike Rental - by Carfield. Family-friendly places like Turku Castle and Naantali Old Town will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 2:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koylion Kirkkokari. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), and finally stroll the grounds of Koylio Church.

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Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 4:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Hatanpaa Arboretum and Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and The Parola Armour Museum. Step out of Tampere to go to Parola and see Holy Cross Church, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip builder tool.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

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."