37 days in Finland Itinerary

37 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

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Train to New York JFK, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 4 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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Helsinki

— 7 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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Pack the 15th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, stroll around The Esplanadi Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and shop like a local with Market Square Kauppatori.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning website.

Philadelphia, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Helsinki. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, things will get slightly colder in Helsinki: highs are around 69°F and lows about 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 17:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki), Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, examine the collection at Museo Militaria, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Tampere holiday tool.

Drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rauma (Old Rauma & The Church of the Holy Cross). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Turku Castle, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and deepen your understanding at Turku Cathedral.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Riverside Park (in Kotka) and Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju). Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and take a peaceful walk through Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kouvola trip tool.

Fly from Turku to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kouvola can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Mikkeli

— 4 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Mikkeli: The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and St. George Church (in Joroinen). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Communications Centre Lokki, go for a walk through Neitvuori, get great views at Naisvuori Observation Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anttola Church.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mikkeli vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Mikkeli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:

Imatra

— 3 nights
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Change things up with these side-trips from Imatra: Lappeenrannan kirkko (in Lappeenranta), Kummakivi Boulder (in Ruokolahti) and Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, and admire the engineering at Imatrankoski.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Imatra travel planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in September, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 5:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 6th (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church and then don't miss a visit to Rapio Mill.

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

Traveling by car from Imatra to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Koli National Park

— 5 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip planner.

Drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In September in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:

Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
When in Rovaniemi, make a side trip to see Ranua Zoo in Ranua, approximately Ranua away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, see Santa Claus Office, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rovaniemi Church.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary website.

Drive from Koli National Park to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In September in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 42°F at night. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

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."