36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Belfast
Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  6 h 30 min
4
Inari
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
5
Oulu
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Tampere
— 6 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  8 h 45 min
End: Belfast

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Katajanokka. Museum-lovers will appreciate Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Mannerheim Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa) and Porvoo (Söderskärin majakka, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), get engrossed in the history at Finnish Aviation Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary planning tool.

Belfast, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 8- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and ferry. Traveling from Belfast to Helsinki, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Porvoo, Vantaa
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Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Lappeenranta Fortress and Wolkoff House Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral (in Hamina), Savitaipale Church (in Savitaipale) and Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & Linden Esplanade). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lappeenranta online vacation builder.

Take a train from Helsinki to Lappeenranta in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Imatra Waterfall, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, Savitaipale Church, Repovesi National Park
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 22:
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Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

3
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Olavinlinna Castle and New Valamo Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Salpa Line and Kerimaki Church for their historical value. Explore Savonlinna's surroundings by going to Rapio Mill (in Juva), Heinaveden kirkko (in Heinavesi) and St. George Church (in Joroinen). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko, and don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna online trip maker.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Heinavesi, Kerimaki, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, Rapio Mill, St. George Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

3
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Hippupuoti Gift Shop (in Saariselka). The adventure continues: trek along Juutua Nature Trail, surround yourself with nature on Angeli Reindeer Farm, and wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Inari sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Savonlinna to Inari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In August, Inari is slightly colder than Savonlinna - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Hippupuoti Gift Shop
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 28:
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Get some historical perspective at Marjaniemi Lighthouse and Haukipudas Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nallikari Beach and Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo. Get out of town with these interesting Oulu side-trips: Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, and walk around Ainolan Puisto.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Inari to Oulu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Marjaniemi Lighthouse, Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Raahe Museum, Haukipudas Church
Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre

3
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården and Salis Batteri. Aland Maritime Museum and Museumship Pommern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mariehamn: Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum (in Eckero) and Bomarsund (in Sund). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, take an in-depth tour of Kobba Klintar, explore the engaging exhibits at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, and contemplate the long history of The Maritime Quarter.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Oulu to Mariehamn takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Mariehamn sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Aland Island, Sund, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum
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Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Appreciate the collections at Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Cathedral and Naantali Old Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Isokari Lighthouse (in Uusikaupunki). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, get lost in a book at Turku City Library, relax and rejuvenate at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

Plan trip to Turku with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in September, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Naantali, Bellevue Beach, Louhisaari Manor, Isokari Lighthouse
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Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo
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 9th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, examine the collection at Villa Mairea, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pori online vacation planner.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Rauma, Villa Mairea
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Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Villa Mairea ©
Villa Mairea

6
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Let the collections at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Visavuori capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Vitikkala Manor (in Jamsa), Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala) and The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Tampere vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Vitikkala Manor, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Visavuori, The Parola Armour Museum
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 16:
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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