36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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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
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Palkaneen Kirkko (in Palkane), Pori (Herrainpaivat Beach & Yyteri Beach) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, don't miss a visit to Nasinneula Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

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

New York City, USA to Tampere is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. Traveling from New York City to Tampere, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in July: highs in Tampere hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 16:

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 (Marela Museum House, Old Rauma, &more) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, and take an in-depth tour of Naantali museum.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Turku online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll around Lilla holmen, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, and finally steep yourself in history at Bomarsund. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally surround yourself with nature on Karingsunds Viltsafari.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mariehamn trip planner.

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stroll through Nallikari Beach, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then walk around Hupisaaret Park, and finally stroll around Ainolan Puisto. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, then deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Outdoors Oulu Oy, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Oulu holiday builder website.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Oulu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:

Koli National Park

— 5 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, take some stellar pictures from Rylays Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Koli National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Koli National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 29:

Mikkeli

— 4 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Mikkeli side-trips: Rapio Mill (in Juva), Savonlinna (Pikkukirkko & Olavinlinna Castle) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, take in panoramic vistas at Naisvuori Observation Tower, don't miss a visit to Kenkavero, and pause for some photo ops at Mannerheim Statue.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mikkeli online route builder.

Drive from Koli National Park to Mikkeli in 3.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 2:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Rautjarven kirkko (in Simpele), Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas & Tainionkosken Church) and Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko & Ruokolahden Kellotapuli). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Siikalahti Wetland, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Nuijamaa Church, and examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Lappeenranta trip simple and quick.

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 68°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

Kotka

— 4 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. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, &more), Hiidenvuori (in Iitti) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). The adventure continues: stroll through Riverside Park, examine the collection at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, enjoy some diversion at Katariina Seaside Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka day trip planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Kotka are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:

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.
Pack the 12th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Helsinki online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 15:

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."