35 days in Finland Itinerary

35 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Tampere
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h 15 min
5
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Kuopio
— 5 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 15 min
8
Inari
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4 h
End: Helsinki

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nuuksio National Park and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, Porvoo Old Town, &more) and Heureka (in Vantaa). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at The Aalto House, don't miss a visit to Hakaniemi Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Johannes Church, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki online driving holiday planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Helsinki. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Porvoo, Vantaa, Nuuksio National Park
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Nuuksio National Park ©
Nuuksio National Park
The Aalto House ©
The Aalto House

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yyteri Beach and Nasinneula Tower. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Kammiovuori Trail (in Sysma), Hame Castle (in Hameenlinna) and Keinuhonka Farm (in Padasjoki). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, pause for some serene contemplation at Killinkoski Church, and see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tampere road trip tool.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Tampere are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Yyteri Beach, Pirunpesa, Kammiovuori Trail, Hame Castle
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Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Turku Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum & Old Rauma) and Rosala (Rosala Viking Centre & Rosala). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Naantali Old Town, browse the collection at Turku City Library, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and learn more about the world around you at Turku Biological Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Turku travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Rauma, Rosala
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma

3
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museumship Pommern and Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården. Explore Mariehamn's surroundings by going to Bomarsund (in Sund) and Leklandet (in Eckero). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, browse for treasures at Antikbutiken, contemplate the long history of Salis Batteri, and see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mariehamn online trip planner.

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Aland Island, Sund, Leklandet, Antikbutiken
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Repovesi National Park and Sapokka Water Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo & Herb Garden Redoubt), Savitaipale Church (in Savitaipale) and Hamina (St. John's Church & Hamina Old Town). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary maker site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Lappeenranta in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of ferry and car. In July, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Hamina, Imatra Waterfall, Repovesi National Park, Savitaipale Church
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal

4
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Olavinlinna Castle and Salpa Line. Venture out of the city with trips to Parikkalan kirkko (in Parikkala), Tohmajarven kirkko (in Tohmajarvi) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kitee Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Kerimaki, Parikkalan kirkko, Tohmajarven kirkko, Kitee Zoo, Heinaveden kirkko
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Tohmajarven kirkko ©
Tohmajarven kirkko

5
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kuopio Market City Hall and Jyrkkakosken Ruukki. Explore Kuopio's surroundings by going to Korkeakoski (in Tuovilanlahti), Leppavirta Church (in Leppavirta) and Kolvananuuro (in Joensuu). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, examine the collection at Myllymuseo, experience rural life at Konttila, and immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kuopio trip maker site.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Juuka, Jyrkkakosken Ruukki, Korkeakoski, Leppavirta Church, Nurmes Church
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Korkeakoski ©
Korkeakoski
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

4
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Discover out-of-the-way places like Urho Kekkonen National Park and Ruijanpolku Trail. Explore Inari's surroundings by going to Saariselka (Saariselka Reindeer Farm & Saariselka Ski & Sport Resort). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, and experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Inari trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Kuopio to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kuopio in August; daily highs in Inari reach 19°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Inari

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saariselka
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Urho Kekkonen National Park ©
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Saariselka Reindeer Farm ©
Saariselka Reindeer Farm

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