43 days in Finland Itinerary

43 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 6 nights
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vaasa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kokkola
— 2 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 4 nights
Fly
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Inari
— 2 nights
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 4 nights
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Helsinki
— 7 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.
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and Birthplace of Jean Sibelius will appeal to history buffs. Head to Laukko Manor and Galleria Rongafor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu), Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari) and Pihamaa Estate & Winery (in Asikkala). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Petajavesi Old Church.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tampere itinerary planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Tampere is 1 hour. Traveling from Brussels in May, expect slightly colder with lows of 4°C in Tampere. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 15 — 21:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Naantali Old Town and St Henry's Ecumenical Art Chappel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Bengtskar Lighthouse (in Rosala), Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo) and Bellevue Beach (in Hanko). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Korpo Church, make a trip to Pargas Church, and let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Turku are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 26:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 27th (Mon), get a taste of the local shopping with Pori Art Museum, then stroll around Kirjurinluoto, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of The Old Town Hall Museum, enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then look for gifts at Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pori online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in May, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:

Vaasa

— 4 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kyro Distillery Company and Stundars Museum. Mustasaaren kirkko and Carlsro Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaasa: Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava) and Ulrika Eleonora Church (in Kristiinankaupunki). Spend the 31st (Fri) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Pohjanmaan Museo - Osterbottens Museum, don't miss a visit to Kaupungintalo - City Hall, sample the tasty concoctions at Bock’s Corner Brewery, and snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read Vaasa route builder tool.

You can drive from Pori to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in May, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:

Kokkola

— 2 nights
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kannuksen Kirkko, see the interesting displays at K.H. Renlund Museum, examine the collection at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum, then see the interesting displays at Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum, and finally wander the streets of Neristan (Old Wooden Town). On the 3rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Skata and then take in nature's colorful creations at Aspegrens Rosenlund.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kokkola trip tool.

You can drive from Vaasa to Kokkola in 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Kokkola are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Kokkola

Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:

Oulu

— 4 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Popular historic sites such as Haukipudas Church and Kierikkikeskus are in your itinerary. Do your shopping at Kauppahalli and Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oulu: Raahe Museum (in Raahe), Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Luovon Puoji (in Hailuoto). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, admire the striking features of Kemi Church, get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley, and see the interesting displays at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Oulu holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kokkola to Oulu takes 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Inari.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 3 — 7:

Inari

— 2 nights
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Get a sense of the local culture at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center and Gold Prospector Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church and The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Go for a jaunt from Inari to Saariselka to see Hippupuoti Gift Shop about 1 hour away. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park. It doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Otsamo Fell.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Inari day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Oulu to Inari takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Oulu in June, Inari is a bit cooler at night with lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): witness the site of a historic battle at Salpa Line, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, and finally stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then walk around The Parikkala Sculpture Park, and finally explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Inari to Savonlinna in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in June, expect nights in Savonlinna to be about the same, around 10°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

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.
Head to Art Centre Salmela and MyGoodKnifefor plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lappeen Marian kirkko and Savitaipale Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Ruokolahden Kirkko (in Ruokolahti) and Imatra (Tainionkosken Church, Lammassaari Island, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Wolkoff House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, and get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lappeenranta vacation planning website.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. John's Church and Maritime Centre Vellamo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Marian Kirkko and Linden Esplanade. Venture out of the city with trips to Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Kouvola (Pyhan Ristin kirkko & The Sippola church) and Bunker Museum (in Virolahti). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, admire the striking features of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Hamina Town Hall.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kotka route planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:

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.
Head to Hakaniemi Market and Galerie Anhavafor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Lahti (Sibelius Hall & Apulandia), Church of Hollola (in Hollola) and Porvoo (Riimikko, Castle Hill, &more). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder.

Getting from Kotka to Helsinki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Helsinki are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 26:

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."