30 days in Finland Itinerary

30 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
2
Kouvola
— 2 nights
3
Mikkeli
— 3 nights
4
Imatra
— 2 nights
5
Savonlinna
— 1 night
6
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
7
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
8
Tampere
— 4 nights
9
Turku
— 6 nights

5
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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Market Square Kauppatori, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Helsinki is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in September; daily highs in Helsinki reach 19°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Nuuksio National Park
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

2
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 7th (Mon), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Riverside Park, then take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, then head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, and finally take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola trip builder tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Kotka
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth ©
Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park

3
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mikkeli: St. George Church (in Joroinen) and Rapio Mill (in Juva). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Neitvuori, take a stroll around Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, enjoy breathtaking views from Naisvuori Observation Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mikkeli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Mikkeli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. George Church, Rapio Mill
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Neitvuori ©
Neitvuori
Communications Centre Lokki
Communications Centre Lokki
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church ©
Mikkeli Rural Parish Church

2
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): snap pictures at Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi, make a trip to Viewing Platform in Puumala, then do sightseeing your way with Lakeland GTE, and finally explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the engineering at Imatrankoski, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, then head off the coast to Malonsaari, and finally step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Imatra trip itinerary website.

Getting from Mikkeli to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September in Imatra, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Puumala, Kummakivi Boulder
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Imatrankoski ©
Imatrankoski
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

4
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
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, explore the activities along Pielinen, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Koli National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Koli
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Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, then see Santa Claus Office, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Angry Birds Park, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and finally get curious at Pilke Science Centre.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi Church ©
Rovaniemi Church

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Museo Militaria (in Hameenlinna) and The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Sara Hilden Art Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tampere planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Rovaniemi to Tampere in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Tampere are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Visavuori, Museo Militaria, The Parola Armour Museum, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa
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Visavuori ©
Visavuori
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria

6
nights
Turku

Turku ©
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: Rauma (Old Rauma, The Church of the Holy Cross, &more) and VMB Fishing (in Salo). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, browse the exhibits of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Turku online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rauma, VMB Fishing
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

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