34 days in Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

34 days in Finnish Archipelago & Lakeland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Drive
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Hanko
— 1 night
Drive
2
Kimito Island
— 1 night
Drive
3
Turku
— 6 nights
Fly
4
Mariehamn
— 3 nights
Fly to Turku, Bus to Pori
5
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Tampere
— 5 nights
Train
7
Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Juuma
— 1 night
Drive
9
Suomussalmi
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Sotkamo
— 1 night
Drive
11
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
12
Rantasalmi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 1 night
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Hanko

— 1 night
Hanko is a bilingual port town and municipality on the south coast of Finland, 130km west of Helsinki. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): kick back and relax at Bellevue Beach.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hanko tour builder website.

Helsinki to Hanko is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Hanko

Parks · Outdoors · Spas · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 27 — 28:

Kimito Island

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Soderlangvik gard and then identify plant and animal life at Oro.

Find out how to plan Kimito Island trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Hanko to Kimito Island in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Kimito Island, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 28 — 29:

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visiting Kurjenrahka National Park and Ispoinen Beach and Sauna will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Naantali Old Town and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Torronsuo National Park (in Tammela), VMB Fishing (in Salo) and Pargas Lime Stone Quarry (in Pargas). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, find something for the whole family at Vaski Adventure Island, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, and make a trip to Naantali Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Turku online tour planner.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Turku are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 5:

Mariehamn

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Discover out-of-the-way places like Getabergen and Badhuset Mariebad. Kids will appreciate attractions like Aland Maritime Museum and Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Mariehamn side-trips: Eckerö Post & tullhus (in Eckero) and Bomarsund (in Sund). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, stroll around Lilla holmen, steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, and explore the world behind art at The Aland Island Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, get outside with Yyterin Nakotorni, then take an in-depth tour of Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bothnian Sea National Park.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pori trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Mariehamn to Pori takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Visiting Hatanpaa Arboretum and Rapola Ridge will get you outdoors. Attractions like Pohtiolampi and Sarkanniemi Theme Park make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Hameenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius & Evo Hiking Area). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, enjoy breathtaking views from Padasjoen Tuomastornit, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Tampere takes 1.5 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then take an exotic tour of Outdoors Oulu Oy, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski, then walk around Ainolan Puisto, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park.

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

You can take a train from Tampere to Oulu in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July in Oulu, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to travel to Juuma.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Juuma

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Juuma online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Juuma takes 3.5 hours. July in Juuma sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Suomussalmi.

Things to do in Juuma

Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 19:
Highlights from your trip

Suomussalmi

— 2 nights
Suomussalmi is a municipality in Finland and is located in the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Martinselkonen Wilds Centre and then make a trip to The Silent People. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Hossa National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Suomussalmi sightseeing site.

Drive from Juuma to Suomussalmi in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Suomussalmi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 21:

Sotkamo

— 1 night
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hiukka.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sotkamo online road trip planner.

Drive from Suomussalmi to Sotkamo in 2 hours. July in Sotkamo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): hike along Paha-Koli Hill, then hike along Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, then delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and finally don't miss a visit to Paateri.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Koli National Park itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Sotkamo to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In July in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Rantasalmi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Rantasalmi

— 3 nights
Rantasalmi is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Southern Savonia region. Escape the urban bustle at Linnansaari National Park and Kolovesi National Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like St. George Church and Museum Juvan. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Rapio Mill.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rantasalmi travel website.

Getting from Koli National Park to Rantasalmi by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Rantasalmi can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Kouvola.

Things to do in Rantasalmi

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 28th (Wed), stroll through Hiidenvuori, then take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, then examine the collection at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Tykkimaen Sauna. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kouvola City Museum and then get in on the family fun at Tykkimaki Amusement Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kouvola trip tool.

You can drive from Rantasalmi to Kouvola in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Kouvola

Theme Parks · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 29:

Kotka

— 1 night
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. On the 30th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Palotorninvuori Park, kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, walk around Riverside Park, then stroll around Sapokka Water Garden, and finally step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Kotka takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Beaches · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 30:

Aland Island travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Military Museums · Historic Sites
There are many things that distinguish the autonomous Aland Islands from the rest of Finland, including the fact that they have their own parliament, issue their own stamps, and speak Swedish as the official language. The archipelago, situated in the Gulf of Bothnia, includes over 6,000 islands, of which about 80 are inhabited. Many of the area's dining and accommodation options can be found on the picturesque main island, where 90 percent of the population resides. Natural beauty and an assortment of historical buildings make the islands an attractive holiday option. With a very flat landscape, cycling is one of the most popular, efficient, and enjoyable ways to get around. Regular ferries hop between the isles.