28 days in Finland Itinerary

28 days in Finland Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pyhatunturi
— 1 night
Drive
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Oulu
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 6 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Espoo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Family-friendly places like Santa Claus Village and Arktikum will thrill your kids. When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately Ranua away. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, explore the world behind art at Korundi House of Culture, see Santa Claus Office, and pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Rovaniemi is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dublin to Rovaniemi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Pyhatunturi.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Pyhatunturi

— 1 night
On the 4th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pyhatunturi vacation website.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Pyhatunturi in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Pyhatunturi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Pyhatunturi

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 4:
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Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Family-friendly places like Hupisaaret Park and Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: walk around Ainolan Puisto, examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pyhatunturi to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Herrainpaivat Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Yyteri Beach (in Pori), Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Moomin Museum, browse the exhibits of Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, and stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online attractions planner.

Traveling by train from Oulu to Tampere takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 13:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Turku Castle and Naantali Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Old Rauma, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Naantali Old Town, see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Espoo.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:

Espoo

— 5 nights
Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland. Kids will appreciate attractions like Nuuksio National Park and Arctic Expedition. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Espoo: Hanko (Hanko Water Tower & Pike's Gut) and Raseborg Castle (in Raseborg). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kaitalampi, see the interesting displays at Espoo Car Museum, step off the mainland to explore Stora Herro Island, and identify plant and animal life at Laajalahti Nature Reserve.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Espoo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Espoo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Espoo

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:

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 Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and get to know the resident critters at Korkeasaaren Elaintarha.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planner.

Helsinki is just a stone's throw from Espoo. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 28:

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."