8 days in Finland Itinerary

8 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Drive
3
Pori
— 1 night
Drive
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
5
Oulu
— 1 night
Train
6
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive
7
Kajaani
— 1 night
Drive
8
Viitasaari
— 1 night
Drive

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Helsinki

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 22nd (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip planning site.

Tallinn, Estonia to Helsinki is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also ride a ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Turku day trip planner.

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:

Pori

— 1 night
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. On the 24th (Sat), kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, then stroll around Kirjurinluoto, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pori day trip app.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Pori can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Pori

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 25th (Sun), stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa holiday maker app.

Getting from Pori to Vaasa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. July in Vaasa sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oulu.

Things to do in Vaasa

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 24 — 25:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): walk around Hupisaaret Park, walk around Ainolan Puisto, then examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, and finally pause for some photo ops at Toripolliisi.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Oulu journey planner.

Getting from Vaasa to Oulu by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:

Rovaniemi

— 1 night

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 27th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, then don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, and finally Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rovaniemi driving holiday site.

Getting from Oulu to Rovaniemi by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Kajaani.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

Kajaani

— 1 night
Kajaani is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Paltaniemi Church, explore the historical opulence of Kajaani Castle ruins, then get great views at Vuokatinvaara, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kajaani Church, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of Per Brahe.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kajaani travel website.

Drive from Rovaniemi to Kajaani in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Viitasaari.

Things to do in Kajaani

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 28:

Viitasaari

— 1 night
Viitasaari is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the Central Finland region. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Sahis Aki resort and then stop by Nestori.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Viitasaari online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kajaani to Viitasaari takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Viitasaari

Outdoors · Parks · Shopping · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

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."