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
— 4 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
— 5 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.
For shopping fun, head to Laukko Manor or Keittioelamaa. Visit Tampere Cathedral and Petajavesi Old Church for their historical value. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari), Jokioinen Museum Railway (in Jokioinen) and Tammelan kirkko (in Tammela). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Pihamaa Estate & Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Riihiniemen Uimaranta, examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and admire the masterpieces at Serlachius Museum Gosta.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner .

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, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Tampere. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Jokioinen Museum Railway, Petajavesi Old Church, Ahtari Zoo, Tammelan kirkko, Church of Keuruu
Find places to stay May 17 — 23:
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Galleria Ronga ©
Galleria Ronga
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turku Castle and Naantali Old Town. Get some cultural insight at Turku Cathedral and Nagu Church. 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: browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Mylly, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Turku journey builder app .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Nagu Church, Bellevue Beach, Naantali Old Town, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Korpo Church
Find places to stay May 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 29th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, then explore the world behind art at Pori Art Museum, and finally kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pori trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Pori sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Rauma
Find places to stay May 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
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. On the 31st (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Aspegrens Rosenlund, then 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 wander the streets of Neristan (Old Wooden Town). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum, then admire the masterpieces at K.H. Renlund Museum, then see the interesting displays at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kannuksen Kirkko.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kokkola road trip planning website .

You can drive from Pori to Kokkola in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can 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:
Highlights from your plan
Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
Kannuksen Kirkko ©
Kannuksen Kirkko

4
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kauppahalli and Haukipudas Church. For shopping fun, head to Luovon Puoji or Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus. Get out of town with these interesting Oulu side-trips: Kemi (Sampo Icebreaker & Kemi Church), The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley (in Tornio) and Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Oulu day trip site .

You can drive from Kokkola to Oulu in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Oulu are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kemi, Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Luovon Puoji, Haukipudas Church, The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
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. Head to Hippupuoti Gift Shop and The Sami Cultural Centre Sajosfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Siida and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara) and Action Park (in Saariselka).

Before you visit Inari, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Inari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Oulu in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Inari, with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) 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 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Inari to Savonlinna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Head to Art Centre Salmela and MyGoodKnifefor some retail therapy. Get some cultural insight at Lappeen Marian kirkko and Wolkoff House Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Ruokolahden Kirkko (in Ruokolahti), Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas, Tainionkosken Church, & more) and Savitaipale Church (in Savitaipale). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, explore the world behind art at Lappeenrannan taidemuseo, and take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Imatra, Savitaipale Church, Ruokolahden Kirkko, Art Centre Salmela
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Savitaipale Church ©
Savitaipale Church
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

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. Visit St. John's Church and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Linden Esplanade and Marian Kirkko. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Bunker Museum (in Virolahti), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Kouvola (Pyhan Ristin kirkko & The Sippola church). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, admire the striking features of Main Building of Military School, contemplate the long history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and don't miss a visit to Hamina Town Hall.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kotka trip planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Salpa Line Museum, Bunker Museum
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Bunker Museum ©
Bunker Museum
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church

5
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.
Visit Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum for their historical value. For shopping fun, head to Hakaniemi Market or Sibelius Hall. Explore Helsinki's surroundings by going to Church of Hollola (in Hollola), Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo (in Jarvenpaa) and Porvoo (Riimikko & Cathedral of Porvoo). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, view the masterpieces at ARTag Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Helsinki online holiday planner .

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Helsinki are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Porvoo, Lahti, Church of Hollola, Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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