32 days in Finland Itinerary

32 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Kouvola
— 4 nights
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Tampere
— 5 nights
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Pack the 1st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip tool.

Berlin, Germany to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Berlin to Helsinki. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 4:

Kouvola

— 4 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Family-friendly places like Repovesi National Park and Riverside Park will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Hiidenvuori (in Iitti) and Kotka (Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, Sapokka Water Garden, &more). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kouvola route tool.

Drive from Helsinki to Kouvola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 8:

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.
Attractions like Lappeenranta Fortress and Lemin kirkko make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Lappeenranta: Imatra (De tre korsens kyrka, Church of St. Nicholas, &more), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Puumala (Viewing Platform in Puumala & Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parikkalan kirkko, admire the masterpieces at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta online travel route planner.

Drive from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:

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 Paha-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park day trip planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 16th (Mon), examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, then stroll around Hupisaaret Park, and finally walk around Ainolan Puisto. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at Outdoors Oulu Oy, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, then hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Oulu day trip tool.

Getting from Koli National Park to Oulu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Forssa Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Forssa Museum of Natural History (in Forssa), Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church) and Hameenlinna (Skogster Museum & Palander House). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and stroll around Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary maker app.

Take a train from Oulu to Tampere in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): walk around Kirjurinluoto, then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pori itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Tampere to Pori in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Pori sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Bonk Museum in Uusikaupunki, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church, and find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Turku trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 29:

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."