36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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36 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 5 nights
3
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Kokkola
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h
6
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
7
Savonlinna
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h
8
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Helsinki
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Brussels

6
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Head to Laukko Manor and Haihara Art Centrefor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pihamaa Estate & Winery and St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa. Venture out of the city with trips to Jokioinen Museum Railway (in Jokioinen), Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari) and Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and stop by Keittioelamaa.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tampere trip builder .

Brussels, Belgium to Tampere is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Brussels to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in May, Tampere is slightly colder at night with lows of 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jokioinen Museum Railway, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Birthplace of Jean Sibelius, Laukko Manor, Visavuori
Find places to stay May 17 — 23:
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Ahtari Zoo ©
Ahtari Zoo
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Head to Kauppakeskus Mylly and Turun Kauppahallifor plenty of shopping. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Korpo Church (in Korpo). There's much more to do: make a trip to Naantali Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Pargas Church, kick back and relax at Vepsa Island, and have fun at Adventure Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nagu Church, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Naantali Old Town, Bellevue Beach, Pargas Church
Find places to stay May 23 — 28:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
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 29th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pori online road trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May in Pori, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rauma
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

2
nights
Kokkola

Kokkola ©
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Aspegrens Rosenlund, see the interesting displays at Arctic Museum Nanoq, then see the interesting displays at Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, and finally take a stroll through Neristan (Old Wooden Town). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum, admire the masterpieces at K.H. Renlund Museum, then examine the collection at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kannuksen Kirkko.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kokkola day trip planning app .

Getting from Pori to Kokkola by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Kokkola

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pietarsaari, Kannuksen Kirkko
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:
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Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
Kannuksen Kirkko ©
Kannuksen Kirkko

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Do your shopping at Luovon Puoji and Kauppahalli. Get some historical perspective at Kierikkikeskus and Haukipudas Church. Change things up with a short trip to Kierikki Stone Age Centre in Yli-Ii (about 54 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nallikari Beach, view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, buy something for everyone on your list at Ideapark Oulu, and enjoy some diversion at Tietomaa.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Oulu trip website .

Drive from Kokkola to Oulu in 3 hours. June in Oulu sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Luovon Puoji, Haukipudas Church
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:
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Kierikki Stone Age Centre ©
Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Step off the beaten path and head to Siida and The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Inari: Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Saariselka (Hippupuoti Gift Shop & Action Park).

Discover how to plan a Inari trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Oulu to Inari in 7 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Oulu in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Inari, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Shopping Fun & Games

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 7:
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

1
day
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna road trip website .

Getting from Inari to Savonlinna by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Inari in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Savonlinna, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 8:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get some historical perspective at Lappeen Marian kirkko and Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God. Shop till you drop at Art Centre Salmela and MyGoodKnife. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas, Tainionkosken Church, & more), The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and Ruokolahden Kirkko (in Ruokolahti). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Wolkoff House Museum, admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nuijamaa Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Art Centre Salmela, Ruokolahden Kirkko, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church
The Astuvansalmi rock paintings ©
The Astuvansalmi rock paintings

4
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Linden Esplanade and Beach Mansikkalahti. Visit St. John's Church and Main Building of Military School for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Marian Kirkko (in Hamina). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Ristin kirkko, and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kotka trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Kotka are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Bunker Museum
Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Hakaniemi Market and Ullanlinna. Shop till you drop at Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo and Riimikko. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Porvoo (Nasin Kartanon Galleria, Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, & more), Sibelius Hall (in Lahti) and Church of Hollola (in Hollola). And it doesn't end there: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, view the masterpieces at ARTag Gallery, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel planner .

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Porvoo, Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo, Church of Hollola, Sibelius Hall
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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