36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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36 days in Finland Itinerary

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

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.
Head to Hakaniemi Market and Riimikkofor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Church of Hollola (in Hollola), Porvoo (The Runeberg Home, Cathedral of Porvoo, & more) and Lahti (Apulandia & Sibelius Hall). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Forsblom, make a trip to The Esplanadi Park, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Helsinki travel route site .

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Helsinki is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Porvoo, Lahti, Church of Hollola
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion 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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Linden Esplanade and Bunker Museum. Visit St. John's Church and Marian Kirkko for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Kouvola (Pyhan Ristin kirkko & The Sippola church) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Kymi Church, see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, and admire the striking features of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Kotka trip builder tool .

Getting from Helsinki to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Bunker Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Salpa Line Museum
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St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lappeen Marian kirkko and Church of St. Nicholas. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Art Centre Salmela and Wolkoff House Museum. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Imatra (Tainionkosken Church & Lammassaari Island), The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and Ruokolahden Kirkko (in Ruokolahti). It doesn't end there: stop by MyGoodKnife and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta online visit planner .

You can drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Imatra, Ruokolahden Kirkko, Taipalsaaren kirkko, The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Art Centre Salmela
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Taipalsaaren kirkko ©
Taipalsaaren kirkko
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Kerimaki Church
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Siida and Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Inari: Action Park (in Saariselka) and Gold Prospector Museum (in Tankavaara).

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Inari trip site .

Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Inari takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Savonlinna in June: high temperatures in Inari hover around 16°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saariselka, Gold Prospector Museum
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church
Gold Prospector Museum ©
Gold Prospector Museum

3
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nallikari Beach and Luovon Puoji. Get some historical perspective at Kauppahalli and Kemi Church. Explore Oulu's surroundings by going to The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley (in Tornio), Sampo Icebreaker (in Kemi) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus, look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Oulu Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Oulun Taidemuseo.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Oulu trip planner .

Traveling by car from Inari to Oulu takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Oulu sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kemi, The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, Luovon Puoji, Raahe Museum
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Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

2
nights
Kokkola

Kokkola ©
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): 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 - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, and finally see the interesting displays at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Neristan (Old Wooden Town), explore the world behind art at K.H. Renlund Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kannuksen Kirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum.

Start your trip to Kokkola by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Oulu to Kokkola by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Kokkola

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pietarsaari, Kannuksen Kirkko
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Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
Kannuksen Kirkko ©
Kannuksen Kirkko

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then take an in-depth tour of Rosenlew Museum, then shop like a local with Pori Art Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Yyteri Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, and finally learn about all things military at Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pori online travel route planner .

You can drive from Kokkola to Pori in 4 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Rauma
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Turku Castle and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Turku Cathedral and Korpo Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Bengtskar Lighthouse (in Rosala) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Naantali Old Town, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church, and buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Turku holiday site .

Getting from Pori to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Bengtskar Lighthouse, Pargas Church, Kauppakeskus Mylly, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Naantali Old Town
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

5
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 Galleria Rongafor some retail therapy. Get a sense of the local culture at Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Petajavesi Old Church. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, pause for some serene contemplation at Finlayson Church, and contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tampere day trip planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In June in Tampere, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Padasjoen Tuomastornit, Pihamaa Estate & Winery, Visavuori, Serlachius Museum Gosta
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Galleria Ronga ©
Galleria Ronga
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

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