31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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31 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Ostersund
Drive:  10​h
1
Vaasa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Lieksa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Joensuu
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Kouvola
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
7
Porvoo
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
8
Helsinki
— 5 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Hameenlinna
— 2 nights
10
Turku
— 2 nights
11
Pori
— 3 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
End: Ostersund

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Your list of things to see and do now includes O'Malley's Irish Pub, Vanhan Vaasan rauniot, Bock’s Corner Brewery, and other attractions. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko and Setterbergin Puisto. Get some cultural insight at Soderfjardenin Meteoriihi and Vaasa Car & Motor Museum. Go for a jaunt from Vaasa to Mustasaari to see Saltkaret about 40 minutes away. It doesn't end there: snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip itinerary planning app .

Ostersund, Sweden to Vaasa is an approximately 9.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Traveling from Ostersund to Vaasa, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Vaasa sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
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Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
Kasarmintori ja ortodoksinen kirkko ©
Setterbergin Puisto ©
Setterbergin Puisto

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Marjaniemi Lighthouse, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral, and then walk around Hupisaaret Park.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Oulu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Oulu

Wildlife Parks Spas

Side Trips

Marjaniemi Lighthouse, Haukipudas Church
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Safaris
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Marjaniemi Lighthouse ©
Marjaniemi Lighthouse

2
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, and then trek along Makravaara Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Paalasmaan Surukivi and then delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lieksa travel planner .

You can drive from Oulu to Lieksa in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In July, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Paalasmaan Surukivi
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Uhrihalkeama ©
Uhrihalkeama

2
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 11th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko, don't miss a visit to Joensuu Church, then enjoy the sand and surf at Honkaniemi Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Utra Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Kauppakeskus Iso Myy and then hike along Kolvananuuro.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Joensuu vacation planning site .

You can drive from Lieksa to Joensuu in 2 hours. In July in Joensuu, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Kolvananuuro ©
Kolvananuuro
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko ©
Pyhan Nikolaoksen kirkko
Joensuu Church ©
Joensuu Church

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): revel in the low prices at Rapio Mill and then take in the history at Salpa Line. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Paaskylahden kirkko.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip maker website .

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kouvola.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Siikalahti Wetland, Rapio Mill, Salpa Line, Kummakivi Boulder
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5
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Get outdoors at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Hevoshaan Arboretum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral and Marian Kirkko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Kotka (St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Linden Esplanade, & more), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Hamina Town Hall (in Hamina). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum Mustila, pause for some serene contemplation at Main Church, take in the pleasant sights at Ankkapurha Culture Park, and examine the collection at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kouvola online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kouvola in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina, Arboretum Mustila, Salpa Line Museum, Lauritsala Church
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Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area ©
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

2
nights
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Castle Hill, then explore the striking landscape at Hiidenkirnut, and then go for a walk through Stromforsin ruukki. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Orthodox Church Porvoo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Michael Church, then steep yourself in history at Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Porvoo using our trip planner.

You can take a bus from Kouvola to Porvoo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catcht the bus to Helsinki.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Ruotsinpyhtaa, Ungern and Rosen Fortresses, St Michael Church, Hiidenkirnut
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Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
St Michael Church ©
St Michael Church
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa ©
Church of Ruotsinpyhtaa

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Nuuksio National Park. Get some cultural insight at The Aalto House and Johannes Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Kirkkonummen kirkko (in Kirkkonummi) and Heureka (in Vantaa). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, and hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planning website .

Take a bus from Porvoo to Helsinki in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vantaa, Nuuksio National Park, Kirkkonummen kirkko
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House

2
nights
Hameenlinna

Hameenlinna ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hameenlinna Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hauhon kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria, and finally contemplate the long history of Birthplace of Jean Sibelius. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church, admire the masterpieces at Hameenlinna Art Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Palander House.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Hameenlinna trip planner .

Take a bus from Helsinki to Hameenlinna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Holy Cross Church
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Museo Militaria ©
Museo Militaria
Hameenlinna Church ©
Hameenlinna Church
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, hike along The Archipelago Trail, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Turku vacation maker tool .

Traveling by car from Hameenlinna to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Kultaranta Garden
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The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel ©
St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna

3
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Koylio Church and Koylion Kirkkokari. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park and The Ruins of the Church of the Holy Trinity. When in Pori, make a side trip to see Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum in Rauma, approximately 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Herrainpaivat Beach, get engrossed in the history at Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, and admire the landmark architecture of Palace of Junnelius.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pori online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July in Pori, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Koylio, Rauma, Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park
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Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park ©
Puurijarvi-Isosuo National Park
Koylio Church ©
Koylio Church
Koylion Kirkkokari ©
Koylion Kirkkokari

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