22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Perth
Fly:  22 h 15 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Tampere
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25 h
End: Perth

3
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Visit Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Esplanadi Park for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kansallisgalleria and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Hvittrask (in Kirkkonummi). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, stroll around Sibelius Monument, and look for gifts at Marttiini Senaatintori.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Perth, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Perth to Helsinki, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Perth in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Helsinki: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porvoo Old Town, Hvittrask
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vapriikin Museokeskus and Yyteri Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) (in Pori), Forssa Museum (in Forssa) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). Pack the 8th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pori, Forssa Museum, Visavuori, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko
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Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visit Turku Castle and Old Rauma for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Cathedral and The Church of the Holy Cross. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Rauma (The Old Town Hall Museum & Marela Museum House) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Turku travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Louhisaari Manor
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

1
night
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and then step into the grandiose world of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip builder.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. September in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kastelholm Castle, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 17th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

Getting from Mariehamn to Savonlinna by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lappeenranta Fortress and Wolkoff House Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Savitaipale Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas & Lammassaari Island). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, admire the landmark architecture of Lappeen Marian kirkko, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta online road trip planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Savitaipale Church, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Taipalsaaren kirkko
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Savitaipale Church ©
Savitaipale Church

3
nights
Kotka

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. Get some cultural insight at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Marian Kirkko. Museum-lovers will get to explore Salpa Line Museum and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Pyhan Ristin kirkko in Kouvola (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and take a stroll through Linden Esplanade.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kotka online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Kotka sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Salpa Line Museum, Marian Kirkko, Pyhan Ristin kirkko, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry
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Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum ©
Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum

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