23 days in Finland Itinerary

23 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland holiday planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Rauma
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 6 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Toulouse

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo). Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Kansallisgalleria are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, Porvoo Old Town, &more) and Turku (Galleria Joella, Turun Taidehalli, &more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, stroll around Sibelius Monument, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki visit planning site.

Toulouse, France to Helsinki is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Toulouse to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Toulouse in July; daily highs in Helsinki reach 25°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Makravaara Hill and Ukko-Koli Hill. Visiting Kasken Kierros Nature Trail and Paha-Koli Hill will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: trek along Akka-Koli Hill, explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park holiday builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park. July in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna travel planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally see the interesting displays at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the engaging exhibits at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then walk around Lilla holmen, and finally take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Mariehamn takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Rauma.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

Rauma

— 5 nights
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. Bonk Museum and Automobile Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Old Rauma and Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rauma: Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), Herrainpaivat Beach, &more), Villa Mairea (in Noormarkku) and Koylio (Koylion Kirkkokari & Koylio Church). There's much more to do: visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uusikaupunki Old Church, contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity, and stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rauma trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Rauma takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Rauma, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 5:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Vapriikin Museokeskus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum), Mantta-Vilppula (Taidekeskus Honkahovi Art Center, Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, &more) and Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, shop like a local with Galleria Ronga, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and take an in-depth tour of Emil Aaltosen Museo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Tampere sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Rauma to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 11:

Finland travel guide

4.2
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."

North Karelia travel guide

3.8
Hiking Trails · Landmarks · Gardens
North Karelia is a region in eastern Finland. It borders the regions of Kainuu, Northern Savonia, Southern Savonia and South Karelia, as well as Russia.The city of Joensuu is the capital of North Karelia.North Karelia is renowned among public health officials. In the 1960s Finland led industrialized nations in heart disease mortality rates; North Karelia had Finland's highest incidence. In 1972 a long-term project was undertaken which targeted this risk in North Karelia. The resulting improvement in public health is still considered remarkable, a model for the rest of the nation.MunicipalitiesThe region of North Karelia is made up of 13 municipalities, of which four have city status (marked in bold).Joensuu sub-region: Ilomantsi (5,693)Joensuu (74,475)Juuka (5,355)Kontiolahti (14,104)Liperi (12,288)Outokumpu (7,396)Polvijärvi (4,772) Central Karelia sub-region: Kitee (9,083)Rääkkylä (2,528)Tohmajärvi (4,975)Pielinen Karelia sub-region: Lieksa (12,568)Nurmes (8,358)Valtimo (2,438)

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Aland travel guide

4.1
Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Historic Sites