23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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Turku
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
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Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, and grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Turku trip planning app.

Berlin, Germany to Turku is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Mikkeli

— 3 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Puumala (Viewing Platform in Puumala & Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi), Savonlinna (Savonlinna Provincial Museum & Olavinlinna Castle) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Communications Centre Lokki, don't miss a visit to Pursialan hiidenkirnu, see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum, and get great views at Naisvuori Observation Tower.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli travel route site.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Mikkeli takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 9:

Koli National Park

— 3 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, go for a walk through Rylays Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Koli National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Koli National Park takes 3.5 hours. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

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 13th (Thu): admire the engineering at Imatrankoski, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruokolahden Kirkko, then don't miss a visit to Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristikankaan kappeli, pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta trip planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Lappeenranta in 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:

Kotka

— 3 nights
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, &more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riverside Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, contemplate the long history of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and walk around Sibelius Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kotka holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 17:

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.
Pack the 21st (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:

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."