22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Herrainpaivat Beach and Rauhaniemi Beach. Family-friendly places like Yyteri Beach and Hatanpaa Arboretum will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Skogster Museum (in Hameenlinna) and Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church). There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and see the interesting displays at Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere driving holiday planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Tampere. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Tampere, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Turku Castle and Naantali Old Town. Popular historic sites such as Old Rauma and Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: The Church of the Holy Cross (in Rauma) and Uusikaupunki (Uusikaupunki Old Church & Bonk Museum). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bike Rental - by Carfield, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Turku online travel route planner.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): examine the collection at Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, contemplate the long history of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, then take in the dramatic natural features at Hiidenvuori, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kouvola journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Kouvola takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:

Lappeenranta

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Lemin kirkko, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savitaipale Church, look for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tainionkosken Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristikankaan kappeli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, and finally explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta visit planner.

Drive from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 10:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

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Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 11:

Koli National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Paha-Koli Hill and Akka-Koli Hill. Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto in Rautavaara--about 1h 45 min away. The adventure continues: trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Makravaara Hill.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Koli National Park journey planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

Helsinki

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Nuuksio National Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto in Vantaa, about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Helsinki tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Koli National Park to Helsinki. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:

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."