20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

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20 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
1
Kotka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kuopio
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Turku
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Kotka

Kotka ©
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Repovesi National Park and Maritime Centre Vellamo. Go for a jaunt from Kotka to Kouvola to see Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll around Sapokka Water Garden, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, make a trip to Linden Esplanade, and step off the mainland to explore Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kotka online holiday planner .

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Kotka is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Colombo in August, things will get cooler in Kotka: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Kouvola
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Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Maritime Centre Vellamo ©
Maritime Centre Vellamo

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
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 14th (Wed): make a trip to Sandcastle Lappeenranta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Kotka to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Sandcastle Lappeenranta ©
Sandcastle Lappeenranta

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, appreciate the history behind Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, then see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

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

Getting from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

2
nights
Kuopio

Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): enjoy some diversion at Vainolanniemi, immerse yourself in nature at Snellman Park, then ponder the world of politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Riuttala Farmhouse Museum, then take in the waterfront at Kuopio Harbor, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kuopio road trip app .

Getting from Savonlinna to Kuopio by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Kuopio

Fun & Games Parks Nature

Side Trip

Riuttala Farmhouse Museum
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Visavuori, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, then make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, and finally stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tampere trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Kuopio to Tampere takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pyhan Birgitan kirkko, Visavuori
Highlights from your plan
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

3
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Turku Castle and Naantali Old Town. Go for a jaunt from Turku to Rauma to see Old Rauma about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, and buy something for everyone on your list at Turun Kauppahalli.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Turku online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Old Rauma, Naantali Old Town
Highlights from your plan
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Mariehamn, Aland Island

Mariehamn ©
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, explore the historical opulence of Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården, then contemplate the long history of Bomarsund, and finally see the interesting displays at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sund, Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, Jan Karlsgården Outdoor museum Jan Karlsgården
Highlights from your plan
Aland Maritime Museum ©
Aland Maritime Museum
Museumship Pommern ©
Museumship Pommern
Kastelholm Castle ©
Kastelholm Castle

5
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Porvoo Old Town. Take a break from Helsinki with a short trip to Cathedral of Porvoo in Porvoo, about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of The National Museum of Finland, get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo), and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip builder site .

You can fly from Mariehamn to Helsinki in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Porvoo
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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