25 days in Finland Itinerary

25 days in Finland Itinerary

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25 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Lappeenranta
— 5 nights
4
Helsinki
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Milan

3
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Syvasenvaara Fell. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Arctic Emotions Oy, see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, tour the pleasant surroundings at Poro Farmi, and don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi day trip tool .

Milan, Italy to Rovaniemi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Milan to Rovaniemi. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Milan in July, with highs in Rovaniemi at 22°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Parks Museums
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi City Library ©
Rovaniemi City Library

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Olavinlinna Castle and Linnansaari National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Savonlinna: Kolovesi National Park (in Enonkoski), Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju) and Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala). Next up on the itinerary: witness the site of a historic battle at Salpa Line, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tohmajarven kirkko, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Savonlinna holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Savonlinna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In July in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Kolovesi National Park, Punkaharju Ridge, Linnansaari National Park, Tohmajarven kirkko
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Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

5
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Repovesi National Park and Imatra Waterfall. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Hamina (Hamina Town Hall & Marian Kirkko), Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden, Maritime Centre Vellamo, & more) and Kouvola (Hevoshaan Arboretum & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Lemin kirkko, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lappeenranta attractions planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Kouvola, Imatra, Hamina
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Hevoshaan Arboretum ©
Hevoshaan Arboretum
Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Brunberg Candy Factory Shop) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, walk around Kaivopuisto, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip maker .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Helsinki by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

6
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 Hatanpaa Arboretum and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Viihdeuimala Vesihelmi (in Forssa), Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Pori (Yyteri Beach & Juselius Mausoleum). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, step into the grandiose world of Hame Castle, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and identify plant and animal life at Rapola Ridge.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tampere online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pori, Kurjenrahka National Park, Rapola Ridge, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto, Hame Castle
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto ©
Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto

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