22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Tampere
— 5 nights
Train
4
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Inari
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Inari
— 1 night
Drive
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Ranua
— 2 nights
Drive to Rovaniemi Airport, Fly to Melbourne

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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Heureka and EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and Kansallisgalleria. When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Porvoo Old Town in Porvoo, approximately Porvoo away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, take a stroll through Katajanokka, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki tour website.

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in October, expect nights in Helsinki to be slightly colder, around 1°C, while days are colder, around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 9:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Bring the kids along to Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Lenholm Conservation Area (in Pargas). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, get advice or help at Turku City Library, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and ponder the design of Harmonia.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Vapriikin Museokeskus and Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Yyteri Beach. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) & Yyterin Nakotorni). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, shop like a local with Galleria Ronga, browse the different shops at Koskikeskus Shopping Centre, and admire the masterpieces at Maltinranta Artcenter.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip website.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lappeenranta Fortress and Lappeenrannan raatihuone. Kids will enjoy Repovesi National Park and Saimaa Canal. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korpikeidas.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Tampere to Lappeenranta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 21:

Inari

— 1 night
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Juutua Nature Trail, and then experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip maker app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Inari in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. In October, Inari is a bit cooler than Lappeenranta - with highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:

Ranua

— 2 nights
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ranua attractions planner.

You can drive from Inari to Ranua in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Ranua

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

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."