21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Mikkeli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 3 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 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 10th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki travel route site.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kotka

— 3 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala), Kouvola (World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). And it doesn't end there: head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, stroll around Palotorninvuori Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden, and look for all kinds of wild species at Riverside Park.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kotka trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Kotka sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): see human ingenuity at work at Imatrankoski, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Ruokolahden Kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Saimaa Kanal Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ristikankaan kappeli. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lappeenrannan kirkko, and finally don't miss a visit to Sandcastle Lappeenranta.

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

Traveling by car from Kotka to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · 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: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, and stroll through Herajarvi Hiking Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park tour builder app.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Koli National Park takes 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Mikkeli

— 3 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Mikkeli side-trips: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Puumala (Viewing Platform in Puumala & Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi) and Savonlinna (Savonlinna Provincial Museum & Olavinlinna Castle). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Rapio Mill, examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki, and pause for some serene contemplation at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church.

Discover how to plan a Mikkeli trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Koli National Park to Mikkeli by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tampere

— 3 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum). Pack the 26th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy breathtaking views from Nasinneula Tower, view the masterpieces at Galleria Ronga, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tampere tour planner.

Drive from Mikkeli to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Tampere, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Naantali Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and then take a stroll through Naantali Old Town.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Turku day trip planning site.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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."