43 days in Finland Itinerary

43 days in Finland Itinerary

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43 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + train:  6​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 5 nights
3
Pori
— 2 nights
4
Vaasa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Kokkola
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Oulu
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h
7
Inari
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Brussels

6
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pihamaa Estate & Winery and Petajavesi Old Church. Shop till you drop at Laukko Manor and Keittioelamaa. Venture out of the city with trips to Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari), Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu) and Talonpoikaismuseo Yli-Kirra (in Punkalaidun). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Tampere is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Brussels in May, expect little chillier with lows of 4°C in Tampere. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Laukko Manor, Visavuori, Church of Keuruu, St Olaf's Church in Tyrvaa, Ahtari Zoo
Find places to stay May 15 — 21:
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Galleria Ronga ©
Galleria Ronga
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

5
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral. Visit Bengtskar Lighthouse and Korpo Church for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Bellevue Beach (in Hanko), Nagu Church (in Nagu) and Mathildedalin Kylapanimo (in Salo). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, buy something for everyone on your list at Kauppakeskus Mylly, kick back and relax at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pargas Church.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Turku journey planning website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Bengtskar Lighthouse, Nagu Church, Mathildedalin Kylapanimo, Bellevue Beach, Naantali Old Town
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova ©
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Pori

Pori ©
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 27th (Mon), view the masterpieces at Pori Art Museum, then stroll through Kirjurinluoto, and then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then stop by Ruokapuoti Lumo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pori online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Turku to Pori in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. May in Pori sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Rauma
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
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Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach
The Church of the Holy Cross ©
The Church of the Holy Cross

4
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala and Carlsro Museum. Get some cultural insight at Mustasaaren kirkko and Terranova. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vaasa: Ulrika Eleonora Church (in Kristiinankaupunki) and Kyr0 Distillery Company (in Isokyro). Spend a day of island exploring on the 31st (Fri) at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vaasa trip planner.

You can drive from Pori to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Kristiinankaupunki, Kyr0 Distillery Company, Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala, Stundars Museum, Raippaluodon Silta
Find places to stay May 28 — Jun 1:
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Stundars Museum ©
Stundars Museum
Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala ©

2
nights
Kokkola

Kokkola ©
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Kannuksen Kirkko, admire the masterpieces at K.H. Renlund Museum, examine the collection at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, then see the interesting displays at Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, and finally contemplate the long history of Neristan (Old Wooden Town). Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Skata and then admire the natural beauty at Aspegrens Rosenlund.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kokkola route planning site .

Traveling by car from Vaasa to Kokkola takes 2 hours. In June in Kokkola, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Kokkola

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Pietarsaari, Kannuksen Kirkko
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 3:
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Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)
Kannuksen Kirkko ©
Kannuksen Kirkko
K.H. Renlund Museum ©
K.H. Renlund Museum

4
nights
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Kauppahalli and Raahe Museum. For shopping fun, head to Luovon Puoji or Pohjoisen Valokuvakeskus. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oulu: Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii), Kemi Church (in Kemi) and Tornio (Tornio Church & The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, enjoy some diversion at Tietomaa, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Oulu trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Kokkola to Oulu by car takes about 3 hours. June in Oulu sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Tornio, Haukipudas Church, Luovon Puoji, Kemi Church, Raahe Museum
Find places to stay Jun 3 — 7:
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Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Shop till you drop at Hippupuoti Gift Shop and The Sami Cultural Centre Sajos. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Siida and Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church. Take a break from Inari with a short trip to Gold Prospector Museum in Tankavaara, about 1h 30 min away. Spend the 9th (Sun) exploring nature at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Inari trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Oulu to Inari takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Oulu in June since evenings lows in Inari dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Inari

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Gold Prospector Museum, Hippupuoti Gift Shop, Lemmenjoki National Park
Find places to stay Jun 7 — 10:
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Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church ©
Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): expand your understanding of the military at Salpa Line, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, then explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko, and finally stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then stroll through The Parikkala Sculpture Park, and finally explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna trip planner .

You can fly from Inari to Savonlinna in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Inari, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Savonlinna, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Parikkala, Kerimaki, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Explore hidden gems such as Art Centre Salmela and Lappeen Marian kirkko. Church of St. Nicholas and Nuijamaa Church will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Lappeenranta: Ruokolahden Kirkko (in Ruokolahti), Savitaipale Church (in Savitaipale) and Imatra (Tainionkosken Church & Lammassaari Island). There's much more to do: look for gifts at MyGoodKnife, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, get engrossed in the history at Wolkoff House Museum, and get outside with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Lappeenranta in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Imatra, Art Centre Salmela, Savitaipale Church, Ruokolahden Kirkko
Find places to stay Jun 12 — 15:
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Lappeen Marian kirkko ©
Lappeen Marian kirkko
Savitaipale Church ©
Savitaipale Church
Lauritsala Church ©
Lauritsala Church

4
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. John's Church and Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry. Get a sense of the local culture at Linden Esplanade and Bunker Museum. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Kouvola (Pyhan Ristin kirkko & The Sippola church) and Marian Kirkko (in Hamina). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Peter and Saint Paul Cathedral, kick back and relax at Beach Mansikkalahti, steep yourself in history at Kotka Church, and step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Kotka online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Kotka are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hamina, Kouvola, Bunker Museum, Pyhtaa Church of Saint Henry, Salpa Line Museum
Find places to stay Jun 15 — 19:
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St. John's Church ©
St. John's Church
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo
Marian Kirkko ©
Marian Kirkko

7
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hakaniemi Market and Katajanokka. Get some historical perspective at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Rock Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Helsinki: Church of Hollola (in Hollola), Porvoo (Riimikko, Castle Hill, & more) and Lahti (Sibelius Hall & Apulandia). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Forsblom, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Porvoo, Lahti, Jarvenpaa, Church of Hollola
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 26:
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church

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