36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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36 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Puerto Vallarta
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Turku
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Shuttle:  5 h 15 min
2
Akaslompolo
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Oulu
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Sotkamo
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Savonlinna
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Imatra
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Helsinki
— 8 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Puerto Vallarta

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Turku Castle and Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. Visit Turku Cathedral and The Church of the Holy Cross for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Pargas Lime Stone Quarry (in Parainen) and Rauma (Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, Ruokapuoti Lumo, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, enjoy some diversion at Moomin World, and trek along The Archipelago Trail.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary planner .

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Turku is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Puerto Vallarta to Turku, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Puerto Vallarta in June, with highs in Turku at 20°C and lows at 9°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Akaslompolo.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rauma, Naantali, Pargas Lime Stone Quarry
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Ispoinen Beach and Sauna ©
Ispoinen Beach and Sauna
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Akaslompolo

Akaslompolo ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for gifts at Akaslompolo Sportshop, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then get outside with Seven Fells Up.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Akaslompolo driving holiday planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Turku to Akaslompolo in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Turku in June, expect nights in Akaslompolo to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Oulu.

Things to do in Akaslompolo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Seven Fells Up ©
Seven Fells Up
Safaris
Akaslompolo Sportshop ©
Akaslompolo Sportshop

4
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Do some cultural sightseeing at Haukipudas Church and Raahe Museum. Step out of Oulu with an excursion to Kemi Church in Kemi--about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, enjoy some diversion at Tietomaa, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Oulu road trip planning tool .

Getting from Akaslompolo to Oulu by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. June in Oulu sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sotkamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Raahe Museum, Haukipudas Church, Kemi Church
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Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo ©
Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church

3
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Get a sense of the local culture at Nurmes Church and Paltaniemi Church. Spend the 3rd (Tue) exploring nature at Hiidenportti National Park. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Hiukka, get outside with Kainuun Vaellustalli, get great views at Vuokatinvaara, and get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sotkamo day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Oulu to Sotkamo takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Sotkamo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Vuokatti, Nurmes Church, Paltaniemi Church
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Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Paltaniemi Church ©
Paltaniemi Church
Nurmes Church ©
Nurmes Church

5
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Cathedral. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mikkeli Cathedral and Kerimaki Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Mikkeli (Kenkavero & Naisvuori Observation Tower). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, get in on the family fun at Punkaharjun Kesamaa, and get all the information you need at Riihisaari.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip builder app .

Getting from Sotkamo to Savonlinna by car takes about 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mikkeli, Punkaharju, Linnansaari National Park, Kerimaki Church
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

3
nights
Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Popular historic sites such as Joutsenon kirkko and Rautjarven kirkko are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Puumalan Lake (in Puumala) and Saimaa Canal (in Lappeenranta). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, find something for the whole family at Angry Birds Activity Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Imatra road trip app .

Getting from Savonlinna to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Tampere.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lappeenranta, Rautjarven kirkko, Ruokolahden Kirkko, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Puumalan Lake
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Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island
Ruokolahden Kirkko ©
Ruokolahden Kirkko
Rautjarven kirkko ©
Rautjarven kirkko

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Hiekka Art Museum. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Pori (Juselius Mausoleum & Yyteri Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Suolijarvi Beach, look for gifts at Hameenkatu, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia Ortodoxa San Alexander Nevski y San Nicolas, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere day trip planning app .

You can drive from Imatra to Tampere in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Pori
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing

8
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.
Get some historical perspective at Fortress of Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. Change things up with a short trip to Kokonniemi in Porvoo (about 50 minutes away). Pack the 22nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Ullanlinna, get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Finland, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rock Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kokonniemi, Flamingo Entertainment Center
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church

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