56 days in Finland Itinerary

56 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 8 nights
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Tampere
— 7 nights
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Lahti
— 4 nights
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Oulu
— 5 nights
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 6 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 6 nights
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
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Turku
— 6 nights
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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.
Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Kaitalampi, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Pack the 18th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary maker website.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 1 hour. When traveling from Zurich in July, plan for little chillier days in Helsinki, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 23:

Tampere

— 7 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi), Pori (Herrainpaivat Beach & Yyteri Beach) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, see the interesting displays at Mediamuseo Rupriikki, brush up on your military savvy at The Parola Armour Museum, and steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tampere holiday maker site.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lahti.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 30:

Lahti

— 4 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. Get out of town with these interesting Lahti side-trips: Hiidenvuori (in Iitti), The Recreational Fishing Museum of Finland (in Asikkala) and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill (in Kouvola). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola, see the interesting displays at Directions Lahden historiallinen Museo, enjoy breathtaking views from Padasjoen Tuomastornit, and explore the world behind art at Riihimaki Art Museum.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lahti visit planner.

You can drive from Tampere to Lahti in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:

Oulu

— 5 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Oulu: Kierikki Stone Age Centre (in Yli-Ii) and Raahe Museum (in Raahe). The adventure continues: stroll around Hupisaaret Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, and contemplate the waterfront views at Koitelinkoski.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Oulu driving holiday planner.

Fly from Lahti to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Koli National Park: Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka) and Puijo Tower (in Kuopio). There's still lots to do: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill, make a trip to Paateri, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Koli National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 8 — 13:

Mikkeli

— 6 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Mikkeli side-trips: Savonlinna (The Spirit of the fortress, Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, &more), Juva (Museum Juvan & Rapio Mill) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). There's lots more to do: stroll through Neitvuori, see the interesting displays at Infantry Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Church, and don't miss a visit to Viewing Platform in Puumala.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mikkeli vacation maker site.

Drive from Koli National Park to Mikkeli in 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 13 — 19:

Lappeenranta

— 5 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 find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas & Tainionkosken Church), Parikkala (The Parikkala Sculpture Park & Siikalahti Wetland) and Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko, Kummakivi Boulder, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lemin kirkko, and see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 24:

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Fagerö Kaunissaari (in Pyhtaa) and Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, &more). Spend the 28th (Sat) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, admire the natural beauty at Palotorninvuori Park, and walk around Kumparepuisto Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kotka trip planner.

You can 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 30th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 30:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Change things up with these side-trips from Mariehamn: Eckero (Karingsunds Viltsafari & Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum), Bomarsund (in Sund) and Getabergen (in Geta). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter, contemplate the long history of Salis Batteri, and walk around Lilla holmen.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mariehamn travel site.

Traveling by flight from Kotka to Mariehamn takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 2:

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (The Church of the Holy Cross, Old Rauma, &more), Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen) and VMB Fishing (in Salo). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, grab your bike and head to Bike Rental - by Carfield, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Turku are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 8:

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."