22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Mikkeli
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Oulu
— 1 night
Train
7
Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Turku
— 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.
Pack the 7th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planning tool.

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. Traveling from Zurich in July, expect nights in Helsinki to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:

Kotka

— 3 nights
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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Riverside Park, admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and browse the exhibits of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kotka trip itinerary site.

Drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 11:

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, admire the engineering at Imatrankoski, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko, and finally don't miss a visit to Ruokolahden Kellotapuli. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

Mikkeli

— 3 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Mikkeli side-trips: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Puumala (Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi & Viewing Platform in Puumala) and Rapio Mill (in Juva). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, get great views at Neitvuori, brush up on your military savvy at Communications Centre Lokki, and examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mikkeli visit site.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. July in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, hike along Ukko-Koli Hill, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, and finally stroll through Paha-Koli Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Makravaara Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and then stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mikkeli to Koli National Park in 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, then stroll around Hupisaaret Park, then walk around Ainolan Puisto, and finally admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Oulu trip website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. July in Oulu sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, step into the grandiose world of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori, pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, and stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tampere planner.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Uusikaupunki Old Church (in Uusikaupunki). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Turku Art Museum.

You can plan Turku trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military 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."