56 days in Finland Itinerary

56 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 4 nights
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Turku
— 6 nights
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Pori
— 2 nights
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Tampere
— 7 nights
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Harma
— 2 nights
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Oulu
— 5 nights
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Koli National Park
— 6 nights
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Savonlinna
— 5 nights
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Imatra
— 4 nights
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Kouvola
— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Temppeliaukio Church and Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali) will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). Pack the 1st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, make a trip to Senate Square, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online visit planner.

Santiago, Chile to Helsinki is an approximately 22-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Santiago to Helsinki is 6 hours. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 7:

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 4 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Bring the kids along to Museumship Pommern and Kastelholm Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mariehamn: Eckero (Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum & Karingsunds Viltsafari) and Bomarsund (in Sund). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Aland Maritime Museum, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, and step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn trip planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Turku.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Turku Castle and Naantali Old Town. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, step aboard Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, get advice or help at Turku City Library, and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Turku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 17:

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach and then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pori tour itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Pori, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:

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 Hatanpaa Arboretum make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum), Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art (in Mantta-Vilppula) and Kallenaution Kievari (in Juupajoki). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Padasjoen Tuomastornit, find something for the whole family at Ahvenisto, make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, and go for a walk through Finlayson Area.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tampere sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Pori to Tampere in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Harma.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 26:

Harma

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): stop by Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala and then get in on the family fun at Powerpark. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Skata and then stroll around Aspegrens Rosenlund.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Harma holiday planner.

Getting from Tampere to Harma by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Harma can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Harma

Parks · Shopping · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Oulu

— 5 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hupisaaret Park and Nallikari Beach. And it doesn't end there: walk around Ainolan Puisto, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli, explore the landscape on two wheels at Outdoors Oulu Oy, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Oulu travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Harma to Oulu takes 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Oulu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 28 — Sep 2:

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.
Step out of Koli National Park to go to Vuokatti and see Vuokatinvaara, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and hike along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Oulu to Koli National Park in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In September in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 8:

Savonlinna

— 5 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Neitvuori and Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Rapio Mill (in Juva), St. George Church (in Joroinen) and Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and take some stellar pictures from Naisvuori Observation Tower.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Savonlinna takes 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 13:

Imatra

— 4 nights
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Family-friendly places like Lappeenrannan kirkko and Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Imatra side-trips: Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala) and Lappeenranta (Saimaa Canal & Lemin kirkko). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Nicholas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, admire the engineering at Imatrankoski, and make a trip to Ruokolahden Kirkko.

Before you visit Imatra, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Savonlinna to Imatra by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Imatra

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Kouvola

— 5 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kids will appreciate attractions like Repovesi National Park and Sapokka Water Garden. Get out of town with these interesting Kouvola side-trips: Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju), Valkmusa National Park (in Siltakyla) and Sibelius Park (in Kotka). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, examine the collection at Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, and take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kouvola sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Imatra to Kouvola in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Kouvola, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:

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."