22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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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

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. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

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Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zurich to Helsinki. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

3
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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. 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: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, walk around Riverside Park, admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, and steep yourself in history at 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:

2
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Lappeenranta

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, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, then contemplate in the serene 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. 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:

3
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Mikkeli

Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Mikkeli side-trips: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Rapio Mill (in Juva) and Puumala (Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi & Viewing Platform in Puumala). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, brush up on your military savvy at Communications Centre Lokki, tour the pleasant surroundings at Neitvuori, 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 train; or take a bus. 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:

2
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Koli National Park

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 4 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:

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Oulu

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:

3
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Tampere

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: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola). Pack the 20th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and explore the historical opulence of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere day trip planner.

Take a train from Oulu to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Tampere sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

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Turku

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: Uusikaupunki Old Church (in Uusikaupunki) and Old Rauma (in Rauma). 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.

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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 · 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."