30 days in Finland Itinerary

30 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 4 nights
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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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria, and admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki planning site.

San Francisco, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Helsinki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from San Francisco in June: high temperatures in Helsinki hover around 65°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 7:

Turku

— 4 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 a short trip to VMB Fishing in Salo (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, stroll around Kupittaa Park, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and let little ones run wild at Adventure Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Turku visit planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in June, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 11:

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola) and Skogster Museum (in Hameenlinna). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, walk around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tampere are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

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: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, hike along Makravaara Hill, identify plant and animal life at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip itinerary website.

Drive from Tampere to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In June, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:

Savonlinna

— 3 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Savonlinna: Parikkala (Siikalahti Wetland & The Parikkala Sculpture Park), Rapio Mill (in Juva) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, don't miss a visit to Viewing Platform in Puumala, get a taste of the local shopping with Johanna Oras Art Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip planning website.

Getting from Koli National Park to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. June in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 22:

Lappeenranta

— 4 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: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more) and Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas, Tainionkosken Church, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko, make a trip to Pursialan hiidenkirnu, and see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 22 — 26:

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. Take a break from Kotka with a short trip to Salpa Line Museum in Miehikkala, about 58 minutes away. Spend the 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. The adventure continues: walk around Riverside Park, admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and stroll through Santalahti Nature Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kotka trip planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 26 — 30:

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."