8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

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Helsinki
— 1 day
Drive
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Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive
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Kotka
— 1 night
Drive
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Lappeenranta
Drive
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Puumala
— 1 night
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 1 night
Drive
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Helsinki
— 2 nights

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Helsinki

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally browse the exhibits of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum.

Make your Helsinki itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Helsinki. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:

Porvoo

— 1 night
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Porvoo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will leave for Kotka on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Porvoo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 3 — 4:

Kotka

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stroll around Sapokka Water Garden and then stroll around Riverside Park.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kotka trip planner.

Getting from Porvoo to Kotka by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 5th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:

Lappeenranta

Town of Lindens

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta road trip planning site.

Drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 5th (Mon), you'll travel to Puumala.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Puumala

— 1 night
For ratings and tourist information, use the Puumala trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Puumala takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Puumala are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 6th (Tue), you're off to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Puumala

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 6:

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 6th (Tue), make a trip to Pikkukirkko and then step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna day trip planning app.

Drive from Puumala to Savonlinna in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 7:

Jyvaskyla

Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla tour itinerary maker website.

Drive from Savonlinna to Jyvaskyla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. On the 7th (Wed), you're off to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

Mikkeli

— 1 night
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Neitvuori and then examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mikkeli travel planner.

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Mikkeli in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Wildlife · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 8:

Helsinki

— 2 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral and then make a trip to Senate Square.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 10:

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."