31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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31 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
4
Kuusamo
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 30 min
5
Rovaniemi
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
7
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
8
Turku
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
9
Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Helsinki

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo, about 48 minutes away. Pack the 3rd (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and stop by Taiga Colors.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Helsinki online vacation planner .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Parks Museums

Side Trip

Porvoo
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Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

4
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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 discover tucked-away gems like Sapokka Water Garden and Santalahti Nature Trail. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Stromfors Iron Works (in Ruotsinpyhtaa), Ankkapurha Culture Park (in Kouvola) and Marian Kirkko (in Hamina). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Haapasaari Island, take in nature's colorful creations at Fuksinpuisto Park, kick back and relax at Lehman, and let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kotka tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. July in Kotka sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Stromforsin Ruukki, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Marian Kirkko, Ankkapurha Culture Park
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Haapasaari Island ©
Haapasaari Island
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

2
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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then don't miss a visit to Riihisaari, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Kotka to Savonlinna by car takes about 3.5 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 by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Karhunkierros and Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm. Change things up with a short trip to Pieni Karhunkierros Trail in Juuma (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Ruka, examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, and look for gifts at Shopping Center Kumpare.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo holiday planning website .

Fly from Savonlinna to Kuusamo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Ruka ©
Ruka
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail ©
Pieni Karhunkierros Trail

4
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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Santa Claus Office and Auttikongas. Step out of Rovaniemi to go to Ylitornio and see Tatuka Palvelut, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, find something for the whole family at SantaPark, take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, and explore and take pictures at Lappi Areena.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi vacation planner .

Take a bus from Kuusamo to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Inari.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tatuka Reindeerfarm
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Auttikongas ©
Auttikongas
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Discover out-of-the-way places like Siida and Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

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

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Inari takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 21st (Sat), you'll travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Tuula's Reindeer ©
Tuula's Reindeer

2
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Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): explore and take pictures at Wiklof Holding Arena, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, then stroll through Lilla holmen, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Mariehamn in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Turku Castle and Turku City Library. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Sibeliusmuseum, take in nature's colorful creations at Kultaranta Garden, and find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turku road trip tool .

Fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Yyteri Beach. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), Juselius Mausoleum, & more). see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere holiday app .

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Pori
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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