21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

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Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly
2
Aland Island
— 2 nights
Drive to Mariehamn, Fly to Turku
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kouvola
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
8
Oulu
— 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.
Head to Hakaniemi Market and Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa)for plenty of shopping. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. Next up on the itinerary: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki journey maker.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Aland Island.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:

Aland Island

— 2 nights
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern and then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then get outside with Karingsunds Viltsafari.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Aland Island trip planner.

You can fly from Helsinki to Aland Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. In July, daily temperatures in Aland Island can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Old Rauma and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and wander the streets of Naantali Old Town.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Turku trip builder site.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Aland Island to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

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You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then look for gifts at Hameenkatu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Tampere planning website.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

Kouvola

— 4 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lappeenranta Fortress and Repovesi National Park. Get in touch with nature at Saimaa Canal and Imatra Waterfall. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Maritime Centre Vellamo) and Lauritsala Church (in Lappeenranta).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): examine the collection at Finnish Forest Museum Lusto, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Kouvola to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Head to Atelier Gallery Kaikkonen and Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskusfor some retail therapy. Oulu Cathedral and Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, and walk around Hupisaaret Park.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Oulu online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Oulu sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 30:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty Museums
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."