36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Brussels
Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
1
Tampere
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Kokkola
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Oulu
— 4 nights
Fly:  7 h
6
Inari
— 2 nights
Shuttle + 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.
Popular historic sites such as Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Vapriikin Museokeskus and Laukko Manor. Venture out of the city with trips to Jokioinen Museum Railway (in Jokioinen), Tammelan kirkko (in Tammela) and Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Keuruu, admire the striking features of Petajavesi Old Church, do a tasting at Pihamaa Estate & Winery, and kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Tampere is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Brussels to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Brussels in May since evenings lows in Tampere dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Church of Keuruu, Petajavesi Old Church, Jokioinen Museum Railway, Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Tammelan kirkko
Find places to stay May 17 — 23:
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Laukko Manor ©
Laukko Manor
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Turun Kauppahalli and Kauppakeskus Mylly. Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Castle and Naantali Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Korpo Church (in Korpo). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Turku day trip app.

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Pargas Church, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Naantali Old Town, Nagu Church
Find places to stay May 23 — 28:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Naantali Old Town ©
Naantali Old Town

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), then get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pori Art Museum, and finally stroll through Yyteri Beach. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pori trip app.

Getting from Turku to Pori by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

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, then examine the collection at Arctic Museum Nanoq, then examine the collection at Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Neristan (Old Wooden Town). On 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, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kannuksen Kirkko.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kokkola day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Pori to Kokkola takes 4 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kierikkikeskus and Kemi Church. Explore Oulu's surroundings by going to Luovon Puoji (in Hailuoto), The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley (in Tornio) and Sampo Icebreaker (in Kemi). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, engage your brain at Tietomaa, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Oulu journey tool.

Traveling by car from Kokkola to Oulu takes 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Inari.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kemi, Luovon Puoji, The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, Kierikki Stone Age Centre, Haukipudas Church
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 5:
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Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus ©
Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Gold Prospector Museum. Step out of Inari with an excursion to Hippupuoti Gift Shop in Saariselka--about 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, get great views at Otsamo Fell, and tour or see a show at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

Plan my day in Inari using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Oulu to Inari in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Hippupuoti Gift Shop
Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
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, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, then look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Inari to Savonlinna in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. When traveling from Inari in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Savonlinna: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 10°C at night. 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:
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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 Savitaipale Church and Lappeen Marian kirkko. Get a sense of the local culture at Art Centre Salmela and Lauritsala Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Ruokolahden Kirkko (in Ruokolahti) and Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas, Tainionkosken Church, &more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, and get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Imatra, Ruokolahden Kirkko, Art Centre Salmela, Savitaipale Church
Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:
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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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Maritime Centre Vellamo and Marian Kirkko. Discover out-of-the-way places like Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and Salpa Line Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Kouvola (Pyhan Ristin kirkko & The Sippola church). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Church, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, steep yourself in history at Hamina Town Hall, and enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Mansikkalahti.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kotka online vacation planner.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Kotka sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Katajanokka. For shopping fun, head to Hakaniemi Market or Riimikko. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Jarvenpaan Taidemuseo (in Jarvenpaa), Cathedral of Porvoo (in Porvoo) and Church of Hollola (in Hollola). The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Henry, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and view the masterpieces at Galerie Forsblom.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Helsinki sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

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