28 days in Finland Itinerary

28 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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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: Birthplace of Jean Sibelius (in Hameenlinna), Pori (Herrainpaivat Beach & Yyteri Beach) and Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum). Pack the 5th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tampere itinerary builder tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Amsterdam to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Amsterdam in July since evenings lows in Tampere dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

Turku

— 3 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Rauma (Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, Old Rauma, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, don't miss a visit to Archangel Michael's church, visit Naantali Old Town, and examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Tampere to Turku in 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

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 13th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 15:

Kotka

— 3 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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, &more) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, stroll around Sapokka Water Garden, and take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka route planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July in Kotka, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 18:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more), Imatra (Tainionkosken Church & Church of St. Nicholas) and Parikkala (The Parikkala Sculpture Park & Siikalahti Wetland). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, admire the engineering at Imatrankoski, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lemin kirkko, and see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

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

Traveling by car from Kotka to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Mikkeli

— 4 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Savonlinna (Pikkukirkko & Olavinlinna Castle), Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Rapio Mill (in Juva). The adventure continues: stroll through Neitvuori, learn about all things military at Communications Centre Lokki, make a trip to Viewing Platform in Puumala, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mikkeli vacation planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Mikkeli by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 25:

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.
Take a break from Koli National Park with a short trip to Paalasmaan Surukivi in Juuka, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, and get outside with Neitikoski Rapids.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Koli National Park takes 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, walk around Ainolan Puisto, then walk around Hupisaaret Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and finally don't miss a visit to Kauppahalli.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Oulu road trip planning website.

Drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

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."