31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip maker

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Train to Edinburgh, Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive to Joensuu Airport, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly to Edinburgh, Train to Newcastle upon Tyne

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Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola), Palander House (in Hameenlinna) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). Pack the 5th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), and stop by Tea Shop Veistrom.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere vacation planning tool.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Tampere is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of car, train, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Tampere due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 6:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen), VMB Fishing (in Salo) and Rauma (Old Rauma & Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, walk around Kupittaa Park, see the interesting displays at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

For ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Turku road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 10:

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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Kouvola (World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area) and Arboretum Mustila (in Elimaki). And it doesn't end there: walk around Riverside Park, step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kotka online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Turku to Kotka by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 10 — 14:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lappeenranta: Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more), Imatra (Tainionkosken Church & Church of St. Nicholas) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take a memorable drive along Lake Saimaa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta road trip planning website.

You can drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Savonlinna

— 3 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Parikkala (Parikkalan kirkko, Siikalahti Wetland, &more), Neitvuori (in Mikkeli) and Rapio Mill (in Juva). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna holiday maker.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

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: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Koli National Park online trip maker.

Drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Helsinki

— 7 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.
Step out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

Discover how to plan a Helsinki trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Helsinki. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 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."