22 days in Finland Itinerary

22 days in Finland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
2
Turku
— 4 nights
3
Tampere
— 5 nights
4
Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
5
Inari
— 1 night
6
Ranua
— 2 nights

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) and EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mannerheim Museum and Katajanokka. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Porvoo Old Town (in Porvoo) and Heureka (in Vantaa). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria, examine the collection at Vantaa Art Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Johannes Church, and engage your brain at The Finnish Museum of Horology.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki road trip site.

Melbourne, Australia to Helsinki is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 8 hours traveling from Melbourne to Helsinki. When traveling from Melbourne in October, plan for colder days in Helsinki, with highs around °C, while nights are little chillier with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Espoo, Vantaa, Porvoo Old Town
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Heureka ©
Heureka
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum
Kansallisgalleria ©
Kansallisgalleria

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Bring the kids along to Turku Castle and Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Lenholm Conservation Area (in Pargas) and Old Rauma (in Rauma). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, browse the collection at Turku City Library, take a stroll through Naantali Old Town, and ponder the design of Harmonia.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Turku trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In October in Turku, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Naantali Old Town, Lenholm Conservation Area, Old Rauma
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Old Rauma ©
Old Rauma
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

5
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Vapriikin Museokeskus and Maltinranta Artcenter are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hatanpaa Arboretum and Tampereen Tuomiokirkko. Explore Tampere's surroundings by going to Pori (Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko), Yyteri Beach, &more). Pack the 17th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, buy something for everyone on your list at Koskikeskus Shopping Centre, examine the collection at Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia, and view the masterpieces at Haihara Art Centre.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tampere trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Tampere, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Pori, Automobile & Road Museum Mobilia, Ideapark
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Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko ©
Tampereen Tuomiokirkko

3
nights
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lappeenranta Fortress and Lappeenrannan raatihuone. Kids will enjoy Repovesi National Park and Saimaa Canal. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, get in on the family fun at Angry Birds Activity Park, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Korpikeidas.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta trip itinerary builder app.

You can take a train from Tampere to Lappeenranta in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Inari.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Imatra Waterfall, Repovesi National Park
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Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Lappeenranta Fortress ©
Lappeenranta Fortress
Angry Birds Activity Park ©
Angry Birds Activity Park

1
night
Inari

Inari ©
Inari is Finland's largest, most sparsely populated municipality, with four official languages, more than any other in the country. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Juutua Nature Trail, and then experience rural life at Inari Reindeer Farm.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Inari trip maker app.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lappeenranta to Inari in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or drive. In October, Inari is a bit cooler than Lappeenranta - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Ranua.

Things to do in Inari

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center ©
Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center
Inari Reindeer Farm ©
Inari Reindeer Farm

2
nights
Ranua

Ranua ©
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ranua Zoo.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ranua attractions planner.

You can drive from Inari to Ranua in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. On the 24th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Ranua

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Ranua Zoo ©
Ranua Zoo

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