49 days in Finland Itinerary

49 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Turku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 7 nights
Drive
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Lahti
— 4 nights
Fly
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Oulu
— 5 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly
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— 2 nights
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Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross & Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island), Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, and pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael's church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary maker tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Turku. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

Tampere

— 7 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Pori (Herrainpaivat Beach & Yyteri Beach), Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, brush up on your military savvy at The Parola Armour Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tampere route app.

Drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lahti.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 13:

Lahti

— 4 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Explore Lahti's surroundings by going to Hiidenvuori (in Iitti), World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill (in Kouvola) and Heinolan Vesitorni (in Heinola). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola, see the interesting displays at Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum), walk around Aulanko, and let little ones run wild at Laune Central Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lahti online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Lahti takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lahti can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 17:

Oulu

— 5 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oulu: Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). There's much more to do: walk around Hupisaaret Park, hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli, pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi, and examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Oulu day trip website.

Fly from Lahti to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Oulu sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and examine the collection at Pielisen Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip planner.

Drive from Oulu to Koli National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mikkeli: Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala), Savonlinna (Savonlinna Provincial Museum, Olavinlinna Castle, &more) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Rapio Mill, brush up on your military savvy at Communications Centre Lokki, see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum, and get outside with Anjan Puisto.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mikkeli route planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Mikkeli in 3.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — Aug 1:

Lappeenranta

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lappeenranta: Liehtalanniemen museotila (in Puumala), Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas, Tainionkosken Church, &more) and Parikkala (Parikkalan kirkko, Siikalahti Wetland, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, step into the grandiose world of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and don't miss a visit to Ruokolahden Kirkko.

For maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta journey app.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

Kotka

— 5 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Fagerö Kaunissaari (in Pyhtaa), Kouvola (Utti Fort, Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, &more) and Bunker Museum (in Virolahti). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, stroll around Riverside Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park, and let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kotka road trip planner.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:

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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. Pack the 14th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get a taste of the local shopping with Market Square Kauppatori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 17:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): 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 make a trip to Bomarsund. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally get a dose of the wild on Karingsunds Viltsafari.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mariehamn, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Mariehamn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

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."