36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary maker

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Helsinki
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Fly
5
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Oulu
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Kokkola
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
10
Tampere
— 5 nights
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Helsinki

— 6 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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.
Get some cultural insight at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Katajanokka and Kansallisgalleria. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Church of Hollola (in Hollola), Porvoo (The Runeberg Home, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more) and Lahti (Apulandia & Sibelius Hall). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, shop like a local with Galerie Forsblom, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki day trip app.

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 28:

Kotka

— 4 nights
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 St. John's Church and Marian Kirkko. Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and St. Nicholas Orthodox Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Kouvola (Pyhan Ristin kirkko & The Sippola church), Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, wander the streets of Linden Esplanade, and admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kotka sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Kotka, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:

Lappeenranta

— 3 nights

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Art Centre Salmela and MyGoodKnife. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and Lappeen Marian kirkko. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Ruokolahden Kirkko (in Ruokolahti) and Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas, Tainionkosken Church, &more). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
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, make a trip to Pikkukirkko, then stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral.

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

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to fly to Inari.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 5:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get some cultural insight at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel. Step out of Inari with an excursion to Hippupuoti Gift Shop in Saariselka--about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, get great views at Otsamo Fell, and get advice or help at The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos.

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Traveling by flight from Savonlinna to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Savonlinna in June; daily highs in Inari reach 16°C and lows reach 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Inari

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 5 — 8:

Oulu

— 3 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Head to Kauppahalli and Luovon Puojifor plenty of shopping. Your inner history buff will appreciate Oulu Cathedral and Kemi Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Oulu: Raahe Museum (in Raahe), The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley (in Tornio) and Icebreaker Sampo (in Kemi). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Nallikari Beach, engage your brain at Tietomaa, see the interesting displays at Oulun Taidemuseo, and walk around Hupisaaret Park.

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You can fly from Inari to Oulu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Oulu, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 12:

Kokkola

— 2 nights
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 13th (Thu), 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, and finally examine the collection at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Neristan (Old Wooden Town), then explore the world behind art at K.H. Renlund Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kannuksen Kirkko, and finally see the interesting displays at The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum.

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Getting from Oulu to Kokkola by car takes about 3 hours. June in Kokkola sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pori.

Things to do in Kokkola

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

Pori

— 2 nights
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 get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Pori Art Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, 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.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Pori day trip planning site.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 14 — 16:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Head to Turun Kauppahalli and Kauppakeskus Myllyfor plenty of shopping. Explore hidden gems such as Turku Castle and Bengtskar Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo), Bellevue Beach (in Hanko) and Korpo Church (in Korpo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nagu Church, and make a trip to Pargas Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Turku road trip website.

You can drive from Pori to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June in Turku, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 16 — 21:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

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 Vapriikin Museokeskus and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Keuruu, stop by Keittioelamaa, admire the landmark architecture of Petajavesi Old Church, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by car from Turku to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Tampere are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."