26 days in Finland Itinerary

26 days in Finland Itinerary

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26 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Hartford
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Lahti
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Kalajoki
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Lempaala
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Helsinki
— 9 nights
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
End: Hartford

4
nights
Lahti

Lahti ©
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Explore hidden gems such as Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Pikku Vesijarvi. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Riverside Park & Museum of Aviation). There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Laune Central Park, examine the collection at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, admire the local landmark of Musical Fountain, and ponder the world of politics at Lahti City Hall.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lahti day trip planner .

Hartford, USA to Lahti is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Hartford to Lahti. Traveling from Hartford in August, things will get a bit cooler in Lahti: highs are around 68°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lahti

Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Pihamaa Estate & Winery
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Pikku Vesijarvi ©
Pikku Vesijarvi
Ristinkirkko ©
Ristinkirkko
Radio and TV Museum ©
Radio and TV Museum

4
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 Lammassaari Island and S/S Salama. Step out of Savonlinna with an excursion to Kolovesi National Park in Enonkoski--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, get advice or help at Riihisaari, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Lahti to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Tue) before leaving for Kalajoki.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kolovesi National Park, Kerimaki Church, Lammassaari Island
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

3
nights
Kalajoki

Kalajoki ©
Kalajoki is a coastal town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Oulu and is part of the Northern Ostrobothnia region. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maakalla and Jukupark Kalajoki. Take a break from Kalajoki with a short trip to Kannuksen Kirkko in Kannus, about 50 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kalajoki trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kalajoki in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. August in Kalajoki sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 49°F at night. You will leave for Lempaala on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Kalajoki

Theme Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kannuksen Kirkko
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Maakalla ©
Maakalla
Kannuksen Kirkko ©
Kannuksen Kirkko

3
nights
Lempaala

Lempaala ©
Lempäälä is a municipality in southwestern Finland with inhabitants. Discover out-of-the-way places like Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lempaala: Glasdorf Nuutajarvi (in Western Finland), Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra (in Punkalaidun) and Koylio (Koylion Kirkkokari & Koylio Church). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, examine the collection at Veturimuseo, and explore the historical opulence of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori.

For photos and more tourist information, refer to the Lempaala trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Kalajoki to Lempaala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August in Lempaala, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Lempaala

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Koylio, Sastamala, Glasdorf Nuutajarvi, Veturimuseo, Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park
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Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra ©
Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra
Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park ©
Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa ©
St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa

9
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Katajanokka and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo & Sapokka Water Garden), Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Cathedral of Porvoo) and Turku (Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, Turku Castle, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the landmark architecture of The National Library of Finland, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lempaala to Helsinki in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Turku, Kotka, Porvoo, Nuuksio National Park
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Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

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