21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
4
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Train
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Aland Island
6
Aland Island
— 2 nights
Drive to Mariehamn, Fly to Turku
7
Turku
— 4 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Museum of Finland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Porvoo Old Town and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop & Cathedral of Porvoo), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo & Sapokka Water Garden). And it doesn't end there: get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, take in the views from Rakkauden Silta, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary builder app.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Zurich to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Zurich in July: highs in Helsinki hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kuopio.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 17th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Korkeakoski and then get a taste of the local shopping with G12 Galleria. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall and then admire all the interesting features of Puijo Tower.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kuopio sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Kuopio are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

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 19th (Tue): appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, contemplate the long history of Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle.

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You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:

Lappeenranta

— 3 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lappeenranta Fortress and Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Get in touch with nature at Repovesi National Park and Saimaa Canal. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall and buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping Mall Galleria.

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Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

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 23rd (Sat): stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and then look for gifts at Hameenkatu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): examine the collection at Postal Museum, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

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Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Tampere takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Aland Island.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern and then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): explore the engaging exhibits at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then get outside with Karingsunds Viltsafari.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Aland Island online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Aland Island in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Aland Island can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Turku Castle and Old Rauma. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Turku Cathedral and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, make a trip to Naantali Old Town, get advice or help at Turku City Library, and head outdoors with Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Aland Island to Turku takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 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."