60 days in Finland Itinerary

60 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland travel planner

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Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 8 nights
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Kuusamo
— 6 nights
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Koli National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 4 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
Fly
8
Vaasa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 7 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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately Espoo away. There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki online attractions planner.

New York City, USA to Helsinki is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 7 hours. In June, Helsinki is slightly colder than New York City - with highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 8:

Kuusamo

— 6 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Kuusamo: Suomussalmi (Martinselkonen Wilds Centre, The Silent People, &more), Jalavan Kauppa (in Taivalkoski) and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail (in Juuma). There's still lots to do: get outside with Karhunkierros, experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, soothe aching muscles at Rukaland, and stroll through The Predator Center in Kuusamo.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kuusamo journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Helsinki to Kuusamo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Helsinki, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kuusamo, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 14:

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.
Go for a jaunt from Koli National Park to Kuopio to see Valkeisenlampi about 2h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, stroll through Makravaara Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip app.

Getting from Kuusamo to Koli National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. July in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 20:

Savonlinna

— 4 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Get out of town with these interesting Savonlinna side-trips: Parikkala (The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Siikalahti Wetland, &more), Punkaharju Ridge (in Punkaharju) and Rapio Mill (in Juva). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Linnansaari National Park. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, shop like a local with Johanna Oras Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, and take in breathtaking views at Orinoro Gorge.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online vacation planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 24:

Mikkeli

— 6 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Venture out of the city with trips to Puumala (Lietvesi Scenic Road, Viewing Platform in Puumala, &more), Southern Konnevesi National park (in Rautalampi) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki, pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Church, get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, and take an in-depth tour of Toivolan Vanha Piha.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli trip site.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Mikkeli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 30:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lappeenranta side-trips: Puumala (Lake Saimaa & Liehtalanniemen museotila), Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kirkko, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more) and Imatra (Lempukka Beach, Church of St. Nicholas, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristikankaan kappeli, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Lappeenranta trip planner.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 4:

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Bunker Museum (in Virolahti), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Ungern and Rosen Fortresses (in Loviisa). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Riverside Park, pause for some serene contemplation at St Michael Church, admire the natural beauty at Sibelius Park, and let little ones run wild at Katariina Seaside Park.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kotka day trip planning tool.

Drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Vaasa.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 10:

Vaasa

— 5 nights
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Vaasa side-trips: Powerpark (in Harma), Iisakki Jarvenpaa - Tehtaanmyymala (in Kauhava) and Civil Guard and Lotta Museum (in Seinajoki). Spend the 12th (Thu) among the memorable landscape of Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site. Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Aspegrens Rosenlund, examine the collection at Terranova, experience rural life at Aava Kertun Kotitila, and stroll through Bjorko-Panike Hiking Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa driving holiday site.

You can fly from Kotka to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Vaasa are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 15:

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Venture out of the city with trips to VMB Fishing (in Salo) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, admire the natural beauty at Turku University Botanical Garden, contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral, and let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Turku tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Vaasa to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:

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 Tampere's surroundings by going to Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Hameenlinna (Palander House, Museo Militaria, &more). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, see the interesting displays at The Car Museum of Vehoniemi (Vehoniemen automuseo), and find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 21 — 28:

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."