36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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Tampere
— 1 night
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Kuopio
— 2 nights
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
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Mikkeli
— 2 nights
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 15 nights
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Pori
— 2 nights
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Tampere

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rauhaniemi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Tampere driving holiday tool.

Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 19:

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Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, buy something for everyone on your list at Matkus Shopping Center, then explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, examine the collection at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, then examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Kuopio in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

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Savonlinna

The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, and finally step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Linnansaari National Park.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna online itinerary maker.

Drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

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Mikkeli

Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 24th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Headquarters Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Mannerheim Statue, then stop by Mikkeli Market Place, and finally steep yourself in history at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Infantry Museum, do a tasting at Ollinmaen Viinitila Oy, then don't miss a visit to Kenkavero, and finally see the interesting displays at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mikkeli travel route website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Mikkeli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:

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Lappeenranta

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, then head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, then look for gifts at Rajamarket, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then revel in the low prices at ECCO Outlet, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at IsoKristiina.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip planner.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:

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Kouvola

Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, walk around Sapokka Water Garden, and then take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kouvola road trip planning site.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

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Helsinki

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Appreciate the collections at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Mannerheim Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Aurlahti Beach (in Lohja). Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, hunt for treasures at Hakaniemi Market, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and cruise along King's Road.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 15:

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Turku

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): work off some steam at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then take a stroll through Naantali Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, then buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

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Pori

Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach, learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and then examine the collection at Marela Museum House. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, then look for gifts at Porin Kauppahalli, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Pori travel route planner.

Drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Pori

Shopping · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

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Oulu

Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then stroll around Ainolan Puisto, then walk around Hupisaaret Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Oulu Cathedral.

Plan my trip to Oulu with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Pori to Oulu by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Pori in October, you will find days in Oulu are little chillier (6°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 22:

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."