23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
3
Tampere
— 4 nights
4
Turku
— 3 nights
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
6
Oulu
— 2 nights

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The Aalto House. Explore hidden gems such as Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Porvoo Old Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Heureka (in Vantaa), Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Tuusula Church (in Tuusula). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, browse the collection at Oodi Central Library, see the interesting displays at Finnish Aviation Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Johannes Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Helsinki online tour itinerary planner.

Detroit, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 7 hours. In July, Helsinki is slightly colder than Detroit - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Vantaa, Porvoo, Espoo, Tuusula Church
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The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

4
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Explore hidden gems such as Olavinlinna Castle and Repovesi National Park. Get a sense of the local culture at Lappeenranta Fortress and Sandcastle Lappeenranta. Change things up with these side-trips from Lappeenranta: St. John's Church (in Hamina), Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Maritime Centre Vellamo) and Savonlinna Cathedral (in Savonlinna). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Savitaipale Church, and admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Lappeenranta by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kotka, Savonlinna, St. John's Church, Savitaipale Church, Repovesi National Park
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yyteri Beach and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Get a sense of the local culture at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Tampere Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo (in Pori) and Hame Castle (in Hameenlinna). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere journey maker website.

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Tampere takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pori, Hame Castle, Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get a sense of the local culture at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Step off the beaten path and head to Old Rauma and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, browse the collection at Turku City Library, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Turku journey builder app.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in August, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Naantali Old Town
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

3
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Eckerö Post & tullhus, thensee the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Salis Batteri, and finally identify plant and animal life at Getabergen. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, examine the collection at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, thenexplore the world behind art at The Aland Island Art Museum, and finally make a trip to The Maritime Quarter.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn route planning site.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. August in Mariehamn sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Aland Island, Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Getabergen
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Kastelholm - Open-air Museum ©
Kastelholm - Open-air Museum
The Cultural History Museum of Aland ©
The Cultural History Museum of Aland

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Step off the beaten path and head to Hupisaaret Park and Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at Raahe Museum and Haukipudas Church. Step out of Oulu to go to Yli-Ii and see Kierikki Stone Age Centre, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo and explore the activities along Koitelinkoski.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu tour app.

Fly from Mariehamn to Oulu in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Haukipudas Church, Koitelinkoski, Raahe Museum
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Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church

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