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
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Shuttle to Mariehamn, 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 Vapriikin Museokeskus and Hatanpaa Arboretum. 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 Turku Cathedral 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), Old Rauma (in Rauma) and Teijo National Park (in Pernio). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, enjoy the sand and surf at Bellevue Beach, don't miss a visit to Korpo Church, and step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Turku tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Kimito Island to Turku in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Beaches

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), step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, and then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle and then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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 Salpa Line Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Imatra Waterfall and Malonsaari. Explore Imatra's surroundings by going to The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and Lappeenranta (Saimaa Canal & Lappeenranta Fortress). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko and head off the coast to Lammassaari Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Imatra tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Mariehamn to Imatra takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. In August in Imatra, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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 Savonlinna Provincial Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi) and Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savonlinna Cathedral, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, get a taste of the local shopping with Savonlinna Market Square, and don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna trip itinerary app.

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 Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Step off the beaten path and head to Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail and Hiidenportti National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Tahko Farmi (in Tahkovuori), Venajanhiekka (in Rautavaara) and Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu). There's still lots to do: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli National Park in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to 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 Lake Inari. 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). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Tryphon Pechenga Orthodox Church, relax in the rural setting at Inari Reindeer Farm, and get a taste of life in the country at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Inari takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August in Inari, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to 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 Stockmann Department Storefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Stromforsin Ruukki (in Ruotsinpyhtaa) and Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo). Pack the 7th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, see the interesting displays at Design Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip planning site.

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Inari in September, with highs in Helsinki at 19°C and lows at 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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."