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
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Lappeenranta
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Lappeenranta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Fly
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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 Heureka. Cathedral of Porvoo and The Aalto House will appeal to history buffs. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop & Porvoo Old Town). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, stop by Katajanokka, and admire the landmark architecture of Johannes Church.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki online vacation planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Helsinki. In June, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

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 Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Tampereen Tuomiokirkko 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: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, take in the exciting artwork at Haihara Art Centre, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Saari Nation Park.

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 Carlsro Museum. 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), The Maritime Museum (in Kristiinankaupunki) and Rauma (Burial Site of Sammallahdenmaki & Rauma Art 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

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

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, take in the exciting artwork at Gallery A, and visit 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 travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · 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. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kastelholm Castle and The Cultural History Museum of Aland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museumship Pommern and Antikbutiken. Step out of Mariehamn to go to Sund and see Bomarsund, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, stroll around Lilla holmen, explore the engaging exhibits at The Aland Island Art Museum, and take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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 Savitaipale Church will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Art Gallery Merila in Kotka (about 1h 35 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, and make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Mariehamn to Lappeenranta by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

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 S/S Salama. Let the collections at Retretti Art Centre and Johanna Oras Art Gallery capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Savonlinna: Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi) and Salpa Line (in Kerimaki). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, and stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna.

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. 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 fly from Savonlinna to Ranua in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Inari.

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Wildlife
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 take a bus; or fly. 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

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

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."