23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 1 night
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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.
Family-friendly places like Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) will thrill your kids. Pack the 3rd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Helsinki visit site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Helsinki. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 7:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Bring the kids along to Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's still lots to do: stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online road trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Herrainpaivat Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): stroll around Kirjurinluoto and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pori trip itinerary website.

Drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Turku

— 3 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 Naantali Old Town. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, and don't miss a visit to Naantali Church.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Turku driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to fly to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and then delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kouvola trip planner.

You can fly from Turku to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. August in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 19th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church and then make a trip to Rapio Mill. On your second day here, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna road trip planner.

Drive from Kouvola to Savonlinna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 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, hike along Akka-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Koli National Park by car takes about 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

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): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum and then make a trip to Santa Claus Village.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi tour planning tool.

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, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 25:

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."