19 days in Finland Itinerary

19 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Pori
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Helsinki

— 4 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.
Pack the 17th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali).

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Helsinki road trip tool.

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Helsinki is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 5 hours. When traveling from Chiang Mai in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Helsinki, with highs around 25°C, while nights are much colder with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums

Turku

— 2 nights
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 18th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Martinkirkko, then see the interesting displays at Kylamaki Village of Living History, then take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

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You can drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pori.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites

Pori

— 2 nights
Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), then get engrossed in the history at Rosenlew Museum, then kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Rauma, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Holy Cross, and finally get great views at Rauma Water Tower.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Pori trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Turku to Pori takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In July in Pori, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Pori

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju) and Kotka (Sibelius Park, Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, &more). Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park. The adventure continues: hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, examine the collection at Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, and take an in-depth tour of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kouvola tour itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Pori to Kouvola takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lappeenranta

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tainionkosken Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ruokolahden Kirkko, then make a trip to Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, and finally admire the engineering at Imatrankoski. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ristikankaan kappeli, pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip planner.

You can drive from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Lappeenranta sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Koli National Park

— 3 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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, explore the activities along Pielinen, see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum, and stroll through Ukko-Koli Hill.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park takes 4 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 30th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, then walk around Hupisaaret Park, and finally walk around Ainolan Puisto.

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

You can drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July in Oulu, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Beaches · Outdoors

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."