41 days in Finland Itinerary

41 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Lahti
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Lahti
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Oulu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Lahti

— 3 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahti: World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill (in Kouvola), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). And it doesn't end there: let the kids burn off some steam at Laune Central Park, take in the waterfront at Vesijärvi harbor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristinkirkko, and see the interesting displays at Apulandia.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lahti day trip tool.

Athens, Greece to Lahti is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Athens in August: high temperatures in Lahti hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Pori (Herrainpaivat Beach & Yyteri Beach). Pack the 6th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, examine the collection at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lahti to Tampere takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 9:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, Old Rauma, &more). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Turku Castle, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Ett Hem Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku trip tool.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Theme Parks

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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): walk around Lilla holmen, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, and finally contemplate the long history of Bomarsund. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, then see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally get a dose of the wild on Karingsunds Viltsafari.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mariehamn trip website.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then walk around Ainolan Puisto, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): admire the striking features of Oulu Cathedral, explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oulu travel site.

Getting from Mariehamn to Oulu by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. August in Oulu sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:

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.
Step out of Koli National Park with an excursion to Utransaari/ The Utra Island in Joensuu--about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, and take in the pleasant sights at Rylays Hill.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Oulu to Koli National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 23:

Mikkeli

— 4 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mikkeli: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), St. George Church (in Joroinen) and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, see the interesting displays at Headquarters Museum, pause for some photo ops at Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mikkeli online day trip planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Mikkeli in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more), Imatra (Tainionkosken Church & Church of St. Nicholas) and Parikkala (The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Siikalahti Wetland, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and get engrossed in the history at Imatra Veteran’s Home Museum.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta online vacation planner.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area (in Kouvola). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo, walk around Kumparepuisto Park, and admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park.

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Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Kotka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 3:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Espoo (Nuuksio National Park & Kaitalampi). Pack the 10th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, pause for some serene contemplation at Temppeliaukio Church, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 10:

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Castles
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."