55 days in Finland Itinerary

55 days in Finland Itinerary

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Train to Brussels, Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 6 nights
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Jyvaskyla
— 6 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 4 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
Drive
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Turku
— 6 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 8 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.
The Parola Armour Museum and Visavuori are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Hameenlinna (Hameenlinna Art Museum, Museo Militaria, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere journey planning site.

Lille, France to Tampere is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lille to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lille in July since evenings lows in Tampere dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 7:

Jyvaskyla

— 6 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum and Toivolan Vanha Piha. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jyvaskyla: Keuruu (Church of Keuruu & Old Church of Keuruu), Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi) and Korpilahti (Hoyry Galleria & Oravivuori Triangulation Tower). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Finnish Air Force Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum of Central Finland, get engrossed in the history at Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland), and stop by Vitikkala Manor.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jyvaskyla trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:

Koli National Park

— 6 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.
Pielisen Museum and Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara), Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu) and Utransaari/ The Utra Island (in Joensuu). The adventure continues: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Koli National Park trip builder website.

Drive from Jyvaskyla to Koli National Park in 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Koli National Park are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 19:

Savonlinna

— 4 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Olavinlinna Castle and Savonlinna Provincial Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Rapio Mill (in Juva), Heinavesi (Heinaveden kirkko & New Valamo Monastery) and Parikkala (The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Siikalahti Wetland, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, get advice or help at Riihisaari, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Koli National Park to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get some cultural insight at Woikosken Automuseo and Communications Centre Lokki. Venture out of the city with trips to Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala) and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, make a trip to Anttola Church, and take some stellar pictures from Neitvuori.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Mikkeli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of St. Nicholas and Ruokolahden Kirkko. Venture out of the city with trips to Rautjarven kirkko (in Simpele), Ruokolahti (Kummakivi Boulder & Ruokolahden Kellotapuli) and Imatra (Imatran Kalatalo & Tainionkosken Church). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli, examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — Aug 1:

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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and St Michael Church. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, &more), Bunker Museum (in Virolahti) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, get to know the fascinating history of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, steep yourself in history at Kotka Church, and stroll around Riverside Park.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kotka travel route planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Old Rauma are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 13:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Aland Maritime Museum and Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Mariehamn side-trips: Salis Batteri (in Aland Island) and Getabergen (in Geta). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, stroll around Lilla holmen, have fun and explore at The Aland Island Art Museum, and take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn planning tool.

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, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 16:

Helsinki

— 8 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and Helsinki Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip planning app.

Fly from Mariehamn to Helsinki in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or ride a ferry. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 24:

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."