27 days in Finland Itinerary

27 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
6
Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Tampere
— 4 nights
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Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Bring the kids along to Hupisaaret Park and Botanical Garden, University of Oulu. The adventure continues: walk around Ainolan Puisto, identify plant and animal life at Outdoors Oulu Oy, shop like a local with Kauppahalli, and pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Oulu online day trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Oulu is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Brussels in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Oulu: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:

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 plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Koli National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. July in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

Lappeenranta

— 3 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Repovesi National Park and Saimaa Canal. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala), Kummakivi Boulder (in Ruokolahti) and Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas & Tainionkosken Church). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, and admire the engineering at Imatrankoski.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Lappeenranta in 4 hours. In July in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 13:

Kotka

— 4 nights
Kotka is a city and municipality of Finland.Kotka is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of Kymi River and it is part of the Kymenlaakso region in southern Finland. Bring the kids along to Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Sapokka Water Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill (in Kouvola) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). Spend the 15th (Thu) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, stroll around Riverside Park, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka travel route planner.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. July in Kotka sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:

Helsinki

— 6 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. Pack the 22nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori.

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Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 23:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Family-friendly places like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku trip website.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 26:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Yyteri Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Herrainpaivat Beach (in Pori), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, see the interesting displays at Sara Hilden Art Museum, and stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tampere online route planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Finland travel guide

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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."