34 days in Finland Itinerary

34 days in Finland Itinerary

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34 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Sioux City
Fly:  20​h 45​min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Inari
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
5
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Turku
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Tampere
— 5 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Sioux City

6
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 National Museum of Finland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Pack the 5th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Helsinki holiday site .

Sioux City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Sioux City to Helsinki. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sioux City in July, with highs in Helsinki at 71°F and lows at 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim 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. Get outdoors at Arboretum Mustila and Valkmusa National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Riverside Park and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Marian Kirkko (in Hamina). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Santalahti Nature Trail, make a trip to St. John's Church, get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and take in the pleasant sights at Linden Esplanade.

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Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Kotka sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hamina, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Salpa Line Museum, Valkmusa National Park, Arboretum Mustila
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila

4
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Olavinlinna Castle and Sandcastle Lappeenranta are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Lammassaari Island and Lappeenranta Fortress. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Ruokolahden Kirkko (in Ruokolahti), Kerimaki Church (in Kerimaki) and Savonlinna Cathedral (in Savonlinna). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta visit app .

You can drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Inari.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Imatra, Savonlinna, Ruokolahden Kirkko, Kerimaki Church
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Escape the urban bustle at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus and Lemmenjoki National Park. Siida and Gold Prospector Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Inari to Saariselka to see Urho Kekkonen National Park about 1h 45 min away.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Inari online vacation maker .

Getting from Lappeenranta to Inari by combination of train, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lappeenranta in July, things will get little chillier in Inari: highs are around 64°F and lows about 49°F. You'll set off for Mariehamn on the 20th (Fri).

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Urho Kekkonen National Park, Lemmenjoki National Park
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then contemplate the long history of Salis Batteri, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Mariehamn online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Mariehamn takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus, train, and ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Aland Island, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Kastelholm Castle
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Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting Teijo national park and Uto will get you outdoors. Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Korpo Church (in Korpo) and Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, The Old Town Hall Museum, & more). There's lots more to do: deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, and trek along The Archipelago Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Korpo Church, Teijo National Park
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Step out of the city life by going to Yyteri Beach and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto. Get a sense of the local culture at Tampere Cathedral and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Go for a jaunt from Tampere to Pori to see Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko) about 1h 50 min away. see Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tampere holiday builder tool .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Pori, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

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