31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
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Imatra
— 2 nights
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get in on the family fun at Moomin Snowcastle, see Santa Claus Office, then make a trip to Santa Claus Village, then see the interesting displays at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Pilke Science Centre, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church, and finally have fun at Angry Birds Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip maker website.

New York City, USA to Rovaniemi is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from New York City to Rovaniemi. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from New York City in August, with highs in Rovaniemi at 63°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Kouvola.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Parks · Fun & Games · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Repovesi National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, appreciate the history behind German Self-Propelled Gun StuG III, then see the interesting displays at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kouvola trip planner.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kouvola by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Rovaniemi in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kouvola, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:

Imatra

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): snap pictures at Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi, don't miss a visit to Viewing Platform in Puumala, explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, then don't miss a visit to Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, head off the coast to Malonsaari, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tainionkosken Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, and finally see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Imatra trip planner.

Getting from Kouvola to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Imatra sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 7:

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: stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, hike along Makravaara Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Koli National Park takes 3.5 hours. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Siikalahti Wetland, don't miss a visit to Rapio Mill, then pause for some photo ops at The Spirit of the fortress, and finally appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Savonlinna trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 13:

Mikkeli

— 3 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and St. George Church (in Joroinen). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki, don't miss a visit to Pursialan hiidenkirnu, pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, and take some stellar pictures from Neitvuori.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mikkeli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Mikkeli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Tampere

— 5 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: Pori (Yyteri Beach, Herrainpaivat Beach, &more), Museo Militaria (in Hameenlinna) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

You can plan Tampere trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (Old Rauma, The Church of the Holy Cross, &more) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Turku sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 25:

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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. Pack the 29th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki route builder app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 69°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 31:

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."