35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 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.
Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, about 48 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki sightseeing planning app.

Bengaluru, India to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -3.5 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in July, with highs in Helsinki at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 21:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Pori (Herrainpaivat Beach & Yyteri Beach), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Aulanko (in Hameenlinna). Pack the 22nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and learn about all things military at The Parola Armour Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tampere tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, Old Rauma, &more) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, explore the world behind art at Waino Aaltonen Museum of Art, and make a trip to Naantali Old Town.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku trip maker website.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 30:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 31st (Sat), stroll around Lilla holmen, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally surround yourself with nature on Karingsunds Viltsafari. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, examine the collection at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, then examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Salis Batteri.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn day trip app.

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral, walk around Ainolan Puisto, walk around Hupisaaret Park, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, and finally see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Oulu trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Oulu takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 3:

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Take a break from Koli National Park with a short trip to Paalasmaan Surukivi in Juuka, about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, stroll through Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

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Traveling by car from Oulu to Koli National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Mikkeli

— 4 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Mikkeli side-trips: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), St. George Church (in Joroinen) and Rapio Mill (in Juva). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Neitvuori, don't miss a visit to Pursialan hiidenkirnu, and take in the views from Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli online itinerary planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Mikkeli by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 10:

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.
Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Imatra (Tainionkosken Church & Church of St. Nicholas), Parikkala (The Parikkala Sculpture Park & Siikalahti Wetland) and Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 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 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 13:

Kotka

— 5 nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Kouvola (Utti Fort, Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, &more). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, take in nature's colorful creations at Palotorninvuori Park, see the interesting displays at Museum of Aviation, and get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kotka sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 18:

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."