35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 7 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
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Shuttle to Mariehamn, Fly to Helsinki, Train to Lappeenranta
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Lappeenranta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Ranua
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Ranua
— 1 night
Drive
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Inari
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Kansallisgalleria. Cathedral of Porvoo and Johannes Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop & Porvoo Old Town), Heureka (in Vantaa) and Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo). There's still lots to do: hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, explore the world behind art at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, contemplate the long history of The Aalto House, and get advice or help at Oodi Central Library.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki holiday site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Helsinki. June in Helsinki sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 27:

Tampere

— 7 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Muistojen kappeli (Chapel of remembrance) and Hame Castle. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Rapola Ridge (in Valkeakoski), Palkaneen Kirkko (in Palkane) and Hameenlinna Church (in Hameenlinna). There's lots more to do: stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, shop like a local with Taidekeskus Harri, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and step into the grandiose world of Stone Castle of Pirunvuori.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip website.

Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Tampere sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Pori.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 4:

Pori

— 3 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Rauma and Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki. You'll get in some beach time at Yyteri Beach and Herrainpaivat Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Koylio Church (in Koylio), Rauma Art Museum (in Rauma) and Kristiinankaupunki (The Maritime Museum & Carlsro Museum). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Patakirppis.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pori trip app.

Drive from Tampere to Pori in 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Museum-lovers will get to explore Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Ett Hem Museum. Take a break from Turku with a short trip to Lenholm Conservation Area in Pargas, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral, buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Skanssi, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery A, and make a trip to Naantali Old Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Turku route planner.

Traveling by car from Pori to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kastelholm Castle and The Cultural History Museum of Aland. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museumship Pommern and Aland Maritime Museum. There's much more to do: browse for treasures at Antikbutiken, explore the engaging exhibits at The Aland Island Art Museum, take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, and walk around Lilla holmen.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn travel route site.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. July in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Lappeenranta

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Saimaa Canal. Rautjarven kirkko and Taipalsaaren kirkko will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Savitaipale Church (in Savitaipale) and Art Gallery Merila (in Kotka). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, and explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Mariehamn to Lappeenranta in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 19:

Savonlinna

— 3 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Step off the beaten path and head to Olavinlinna Castle and Johanna Oras Art Gallery. Let the collections at S/S Salama and Retretti Art Centre capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: Salpa Line (in Kerimaki) and Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, and browse the fresh offerings at Savonlinna Market Square.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ranua.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 23rd (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ranua Zoo.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ranua road trip planning app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Savonlinna to Ranua in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Ranua

Wildlife · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm, then stroll through Juutua Nature Trail, and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Inari trip maker.

Traveling by car from Ranua to Inari takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Inari

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."