22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Museum-lovers will get to explore The National Museum of Finland and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, get your bearings at Oodi Central Library, and stop by Katajanokka.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip planner.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Helsinki is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Inari.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): get your bearings at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip builder tool.

You can fly from Helsinki to Inari in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, Inari is a bit cooler than Helsinki - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:

Savonlinna

— 3 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Olavinlinna Castle and Heinaveden kirkko. Get some historical perspective at Salpa Line and Paaskylahden kirkko. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral and pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Savonlinna sightseeing planner.

Getting from Inari to Savonlinna by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Savonlinna, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lappeenranta Fortress and Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Discover out-of-the-way places like Repovesi National Park and Imatra Waterfall. It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal.

For maps and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Kotka

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kotka trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Kotka sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to fly to Aland Island.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

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 7th (Wed): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern and then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then get a dose of the wild on Karingsunds Viltsafari.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Aland Island road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kotka to Aland Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, ferry, and car. September in Aland Island sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Aland Island

Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Naantali Old Town. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, get your bearings at Turku City Library, and take a tour of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Turku journey builder app.

Getting from Aland Island to Turku by combination of car and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rauma.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

Rauma

— 2 nights
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 12th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and then contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koylion Kirkkokari and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rauma online holiday planner.

You can drive from Turku to Rauma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Rauma can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

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 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Postal Museum, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and then stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tampere planner.

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Tampere, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

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."