49 days in Finland Itinerary

49 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 7 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
— 6 nights
Fly
7
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Turku
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
10
Tampere
— 7 nights
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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.
Attractions like Temppeliaukio Church and Helsinki Cathedral make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 48 minutes away. Pack the 16th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Cardiff, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly to Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 21:

Oulu

— 5 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kids will enjoy Hupisaaret Park and Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral. Change things up with a short trip to Raahe Museum in Raahe (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: stroll around Ainolan Puisto, examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach, and take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Oulu itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Oulu takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:

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.
Bring the kids along to Paalasmaan Surukivi and Joensuu Church. The adventure continues: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and make a trip to Paateri.

Start your trip to Koli National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Oulu to Koli National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — 31:

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Family-friendly places like Repovesi National Park and Communications Centre Lokki will thrill your kids. Explore Mikkeli's surroundings by going to St. George Church (in Joroinen), Savonlinna (Olavinlinna Castle, Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, &more) and Rapio Mill (in Juva). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Neitvuori, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Anttola Church, take some stellar pictures from Naisvuori Observation Tower, and see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli day trip planning site.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Mikkeli in 3.5 hours. July in Mikkeli sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 5:

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lappeenrannan kirkko and Saimaa Canal. Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas & Tainionkosken Church), Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more) and Parikkala (Siikalahti Wetland & The Parikkala Sculpture Park). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and admire the engineering at Imatrankoski.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 9:

Kotka

— 6 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. Bring the kids along to Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and Riverside Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Fagerö Kaunissaari (in Pyhtaa), Kouvola (Pyhan Ristin kirkko, Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, &more) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, stroll around Palotorninvuori Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, and get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kotka sightseeing site.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Kotka sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 15:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): walk around Lilla holmen, then brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, and finally contemplate the long history of The Maritime Quarter. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, examine the collection at Jan Karlsgarden Open Air Museum, examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, then get a dose of the wild on Karingsunds Viltsafari, and finally contemplate the long history of Salis Batteri.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mariehamn trip planner.

Fly from Kotka to Mariehamn in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Family-friendly places like Turku Castle and Naantali Old Town will thrill your kids. Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Uusikaupunki (Uusikaupunki Old Church, Bonk Museum, &more) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and get in on the family fun at Vaski Adventure Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Turku trip planner.

Getting from Mariehamn to Turku by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 22:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stroll around Kirjurinluoto, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yyteri Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko). Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sea views from Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Old Town Hall Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pori trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Tampere

— 7 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Attractions like Sarkanniemi Theme Park and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Hameenlinna (Ahvenisto & Hameenlinna Church), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum). There's still lots to do: stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, take an in-depth tour of Forssa Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas, and get a new perspective on nature at Forssa Museum of Natural History.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Tampere online holiday maker.

Getting from Pori to Tampere by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 31:

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."