38 days in Finland Itinerary

38 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Drive to Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, Fly to Mariehamn
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 6 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Fly
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Oulu
— 4 nights
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Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Explore hidden gems such as Kastelholm Castle and Museumship Pommern. Get outdoors at Getabergen and Karingsunds Viltsafari. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mariehamn: Eckero (Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum & Eckerö Post & tullhus) and Bomarsund (in Sund). There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, try your luck at PAF Casino, and have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mariehamn tour itinerary maker website.

Pescina, Italy to Mariehamn is an approximately 13-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Pescina in July, plan for cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Mariehamn: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can fly to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 18 — 21:

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get some cultural insight at Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Visit Old Rauma and The Church of the Holy Cross for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen), Rauma (Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, Ruokapuoti Lumo, &more) and Uusikaupunki (Uusikaupunki Old Church, Bonk Museum, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, and shop like a local with Galleria Joella.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turku online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 27:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 28th (Thu), browse the different shops at Kauppakeskus Puuvilla, then stroll through Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pori online vacation planner.

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 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Vapriikin Museokeskus and Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art. Visit Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Laukko Manor (in Vesilahti) and Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, and examine the collection at Mediamuseo Rupriikki.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 2:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Aalto House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo (Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more) and Tuusula Church (in Tuusula). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get outside with Outdoor Activities, get engrossed in the history at The National Museum of Finland, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki travel route planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 9:

Savonlinna

— 4 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Olavinlinna Castle and Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum. Get some historical perspective at Kerimaki Church and Pikkukirkko. Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Museum Juvan (in Juva), Pirtin perinnepuisto (in Kangasniemi) and St. George Church (in Joroinen). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Parikkalan kirkko, walk around The Parikkala Sculpture Park, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paaskylahden kirkko.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip builder website.

You can fly from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 13:

Lappeenranta

— 4 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Saimaa Canal and Imatra Waterfall. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lappeenranta Fortress and Taipalsaaren kirkko. Explore Lappeenranta's surroundings by going to Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas & Tainionkosken Church), Savitaipale Church (in Savitaipale) and Mikkeli (Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, Communications Centre Lokki, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Salpa Line Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, and take an in-depth tour of Wolkoff House Museum.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta travel planning website.

Drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 17:

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. You'll explore and learn at Maritime Centre Vellamo and Motorcycle Museum of Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Repovesi National Park and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Kotka (Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, Sapokka Water Garden, &more) and Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo (in Lahti).

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kouvola sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Kouvola in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

Oulu

— 4 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Shop till you drop at Kauppahalli and Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus. Step out of the city life by going to Nallikari Beach and Outdoors Oulu Oy. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hupisaaret Park, examine the collection at Oulun Taidemuseo, admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, and contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Oulu tour itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Kouvola to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:

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."