39 days in Finland Itinerary

39 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 6 nights
Drive
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Kimito Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Imatra
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Imatra
— 3 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Inari
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 6 nights
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Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

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 Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Vapriikin Museokeskus. Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Yyteri Beach (in Pori), St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa (in Sastamala) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, examine the collection at Moomin Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Tampere online driving holiday planner.

Alicante, Spain to Tampere is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car, train, and ferry. Traveling from Alicante to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Alicante in August, with highs in Tampere at 23°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kimito Island.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:

Kimito Island

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Archipelago National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Soderlangvik gard and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Oro.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kimito Island sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kimito Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kimito Island

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Visit Turku Castle and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo and Ett Hem Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Turku: Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya), Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Old Rauma (in Rauma). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island, and have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Turku day trip tool.

Getting from Kimito Island to Turku by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 14:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 15th (Wed), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, steep yourself in history at Bomarsund, and then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn attractions planner.

Getting from Turku to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sandcastle Lappeenranta and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings. Lappeenranta Fortress and Salpa Line Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Step out of Imatra with an excursion to Saimaa Canal in Lappeenranta--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, head off the coast to Lammassaari Island, stroll through Malonsaari, and take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Imatra road trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Mariehamn to Imatra in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Savonlinna

— 3 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Olavinlinna Castle and Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum. Get some cultural insight at Kerimaki Church and Pikkukirkko. Venture out of the city with trips to Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, and get a taste of the local shopping with Savonlinna Market Square.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna journey planner.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Savonlinna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Savonlinna, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

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.
Get outdoors at Ukko-Koli Hill and Hiidenportti National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Pielinen. Venture out of the city with trips to Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara), Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu) and Tahko Farmi (in Tahkovuori). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Koli National Park attractions planning website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 27:

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 28th (Tue), trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, head outdoors with Karhunkierros, and then see the interesting displays at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kuusamo online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:

Inari

— 3 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Step out of the city life by going to Urho Kekkonen National Park and Lemmenjoki National Park. Change things up with a short trip to Gold Prospector Museum in Tankavaara (about 1h 25 min away). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Lake Inari, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, wander the wide-open spaces of Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus, and relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Inari road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Inari can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:

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.
Visiting Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Aurinkolahti Beach will get you outdoors. Head to Hakaniemi Market and Market Square Kauppatorifor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa). Pack the 7th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, make a splash at The Swimming Stadium, examine the collection at Design Museum, and browse the different shops at Stockmann Department Store.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Inari to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, Helsinki is a bit warmer than Inari - with highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 8:

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."