22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Tampere
— 2 nights
Train
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
4
Oulu
— 1 night
Train
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive
7
Kajaani
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive
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Parikkala
— 2 nights
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Kouvola
— 4 nights
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Helsinki
— 3 nights

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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Old Rauma and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Rauma (Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki & The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, learn more about the world around you at Turku Biological Museum, steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, and get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

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Helsinki to Turku is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 7th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, then get engrossed in the history at Emil Aaltosen Museo, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and finally examine the collection at Postal Museum. On the next day, stroll through Pohtiolampi, examine the collection at The Parola Armour Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rapola Ridge.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Tampere vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vaasa day trip app.

You can take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Vaasa are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 9:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 10th (Sat), walk around Hupisaaret Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, and finally get outside with Superpark Oulu.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Oulu trip app.

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Oulu takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Oulu sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenkirnut, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): stroll through Ranua Zoo, Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip builder site.

You can take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Kuusamo

— 1 night
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 13th (Tue), stroll through The Predator Center in Kuusamo, admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Ruka Safaris Ltd - Day Tours, and finally get outside with Karhunkierros.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Kuusamo are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Kajaani

— 2 nights
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see what you can catch with Luonnollisesti Oulujarvi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paltaniemi Church, explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins, then admire the masterpieces at Kajaani art museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kajaani Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Vuokatinvaara, then get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli, then admire the landmark architecture of Jyrkkakosken Ruukki, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Per Brahe.

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You can drive from Kuusamo to Kajaani in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kajaani can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kajaani

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Joensuu

— 1 night
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 16th (Fri), delve into the lush surroundings at Kolvananuuro, then head outdoors with Utransaari/ The Utra Island, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Joensuu Church.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Joensuu trip maker.

You can drive from Kajaani to Joensuu in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Parikkala.

Things to do in Joensuu

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

Parikkala

— 2 nights
On the 17th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parikkalan kirkko, stroll through Siikalahti Wetland, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rautjarven kirkko, and finally stroll around The Parikkala Sculpture Park. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then shop like a local with Johanna Oras Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Retretti Art Centre, and finally explore the striking landscape at Punkaharju Ridge.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Parikkala day trip app.

Traveling by car from Joensuu to Parikkala takes 2 hours. July in Parikkala sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Parikkala

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Kouvola

— 4 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Maritime Centre Vellamo and Lappeenrannan kirkko are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lappeenranta Fortress and Saimaa Canal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Kiikunlahde (in Hollola), Kotka (Herb Garden Redoubt, Sapokka Water Garden, &more) and Lappeenranta (Lauritsala Church, Sandcastle Lappeenranta, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenvuori, examine the collection at Motorcycle Museum of Finland, delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Parikkala to Kouvola takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 22:

Helsinki

— 3 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 The National Museum of Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Next up on the itinerary: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, browse the exhibits of Mannerheim Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Pohjolan toimitalo.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours
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."