36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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36 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
train:  1​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mikkeli
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
6
Kouvola
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Helsinki
— 15 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Turku
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Pori
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
10
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Lakeland

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 18th (Wed), see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and then identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary app .

Helsinki to Tampere is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kuopio.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Tampere Cathedral ©
Tampere Cathedral

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 20th (Fri), take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower, then 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. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lutheran Cathedral.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kuopio trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Tampere to Kuopio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Kuopio can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Museums, #Parks, #Nature
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:
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Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower

2
nights
Savonlinna

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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, step into the grandiose world 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna trip planner .

You can drive from Kuopio to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trips

Linnansaari National Park, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 24th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Headquarters Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, then make a trip to Mannerheim Statue, then stop by Mikkeli Market Place, and finally take in the pleasant sights at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum, learn about winemaking at Ollinmaki Winery, then don't miss a visit to Kenkavero, and finally examine the collection at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Mikkeli visit website .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Mikkeli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

#Museums, #Wineries, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Ollinmaki Winery
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 25:
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Headquarters Museum ©
Headquarters Museum
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral
Mikkeli Market Place ©
Mikkeli Market Place

2
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 26th (Thu), look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, then stop by Rajamarket, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then get some fabulous bargains at ECCO Outlet, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at IsoKristiina.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Shopping, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Imatra
Find places to stay Sep 25 — 27:
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Rajamarket ©
Rajamarket
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 28th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Santalahti Nature Trail, admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and then get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kouvola online vacation builder .

Traveling by train from Lappeenranta to Kouvola takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Trails

Side Trip

Kotka
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

15
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Aurinkolahti Beach and Aurlahti Beach. Visit Fortress of Suomenlinna and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) for their historical value. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo), Paavolan Tammi (in Lohjan Island) and Raseborg (Raseborg Castle & Fagervik Church). Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Spend the 15th (Tue) exploring nature at Sipoonkorven Kansallispuisto. The adventure continues: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, stroll through Hietaranta Beach, stop by Boss Shop, and meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki journey builder site .

You can take a train from Kouvola to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trips

Raseborg, Vantaa, King's Road, Kokonniemi, Paavolan Tammi
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 15:
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 16th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, browse the different shops at Turun Kauppahalli, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Turku holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

#Beaches, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Naantali Old Town
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): stroll through Yyteri Beach, learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and then examine the collection at Marela Museum House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): 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 appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pori online day trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Pori, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Pori

#Shopping, #Beaches, #Parks

Side Trip

Rauma
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, then stroll through Nallikari Beach, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Kauppahalli, shop like a local with Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, then stroll through Ainolan Puisto, then identify plant and animal life at Hupisaaret Park, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oulu trip planner.

You can fly from Pori to Oulu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Pori in October: highs in Oulu hover around 6°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

#Parks, #Museums, #Beaches

Side Trip

Raahe Museum
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo

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