26 days in Finland Itinerary

26 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 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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Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly

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Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, look for gifts at Hameenkatu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tampere itinerary planning tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Tampere. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pori trip builder tool.

Drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Pori, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 18:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island & Old Rauma). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Turku Castle, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, gear up at Bike Rental - by Carfield, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

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Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Trails · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Riverside Park). Spend the 23rd (Fri) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and contemplate the long history of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola online travel route planner.

Getting from Turku to Kouvola by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 24:

Imatra

— 2 nights
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, and then see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Ruokolahden Kirkko and then don't miss a visit to Viewing Platform in Puumala.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Imatra holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Imatra are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 26:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland and then don't miss a visit to Rapio Mill.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip planning website.

You can drive from Imatra to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

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: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, get outside with Neitikoski Rapids, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

Plan my trip to Koli National Park with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. July in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 1:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 2nd (Mon), stroll around Ainolan Puisto, stroll around Hupisaaret Park, and then admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, and then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

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 7th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, make a trip to Senate Square, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki journey website.

You can fly from Oulu to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:

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."