21 days in Finland Itinerary

21 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland vacation planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive
2
Heinola
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Lappeenranta
— 7 nights
Drive
5
Loviisa
— 3 nights
Drive to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Fly to Zürich Airport

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Helsinki

— 1 night

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 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Helsinki sightseeing site.

Zurich, Switzerland to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and ferry. Traveling from Zurich to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in June, expect Helsinki to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Heinola.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums

Heinola

— 4 nights
Heinola is a town and a municipality of inhabitants located in the region of Päijänne Tavastia, Finland. Escape the urban bustle at Hiidenvuori and Pulkkilanharju Nature Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Serlachius Museum Gustaf and Pihamaa Estate & Winery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Heinola: Sysma (Paijatsalo Trail & Kammiovuori Trail), Asikkala (Vaaksy Canal & The Recreational Fishing Museum of Finland) and Padasjoki (Kelvenne Trail, Päijänteen kansallispuisto, &more). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Heinolan Vesitorni, explore the world behind art at Gösta Serlachius Museum, Museum of Art, and relax and rejuvenate at Vierumaki – Sport Institute of Finland.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Heinola planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Heinola in 2 hours. In June in Heinola, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Heinola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Side Trips

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get a sense of the local culture at Olavinlinna Castle and Infantry Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kerimaki Church and Mikkeli Rural Parish Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mikkeli: Linnansaari National Park (in Rantasalmi), Jyvaskyla (Punnitse & Saasta, Toivolan Vanha Piha, &more) and Savonlinna (The Spirit of the fortress, Olavinlinnan Musta Passi, &more). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Anjan Puisto, learn about all things military at Communications Centre Lokki, explore the world behind art at Mikkelin Taidemuseo, and examine the collection at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Heinola to Mikkeli takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Mikkeli can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lappeenranta

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God and Lappeenrannan kirkko. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Church of St. Nicholas and Lauritsala Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lappeenranta: Imatra (Imatran Kalatalo, De tre korsens kyrka, &more), Parikkala (Parikkalan kirkko, Siikalahti Wetland, &more) and Ruokolahti (Kummakivi Boulder, Ruokolahden Kirkko, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, pause for some serene contemplation at Sammonlahden Church, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Loviisa.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Loviisa

— 3 nights
Loviisa is a municipality and town of inhabitants on the southern coast of Finland. Get outdoors at Arboretum Mustila and Riverside Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum and Loviisan kirkko. Change things up with these side-trips from Loviisa: Porvoo (Runeberg Park, Cathedral of Porvoo, &more) and Kotka (Maritime Centre Vellamo, Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ungern and Rosen Fortresses.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Loviisa day trip tool.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Loviisa by car takes about 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Loviisa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

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."