23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland tour planner

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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights

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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Museo Militaria (in Hameenlinna) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, look for gifts at Hameenkatu, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tampere online day trip planner.

Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 12th (Thu), trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral and then get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 14th (Sat), take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and then take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kouvola trip website.

You can fly from Turku to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Trails · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:

Mikkeli

— 3 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mikkeli: St. George Church (in Joroinen), Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala) and Kummakivi Boulder (in Ruokolahti). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, stop by Stella, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, and explore and take pictures at Neitvuori.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mikkeli itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 19th (Thu), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church and then don't miss a visit to Rapio Mill.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Savonlinna vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Mikkeli to Savonlinna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:

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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, trek along Makravaara Hill, and relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park journey builder app.

Getting from Savonlinna to Koli National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:

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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo and then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum. On the 26th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, and then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi road trip website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Helsinki

— 5 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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, make a trip to Senate Square, and stroll around The Esplanadi Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki road trip tool.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. When traveling from Rovaniemi in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Helsinki, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 31:

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."