31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

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31 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly + train:  7​h 15​min
1
Tampere
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Vaasa
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
5
Lieksa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Joensuu
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Kotka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Geneva

4
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tampere: Yyteri Beach (in Pori), Visavuori (in Valkeakoski) and Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi). There's still lots to do: see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, have fun at Pyynikki's Swim Hall, see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, and take in panoramic vistas at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere online holiday planner .

Geneva, Switzerland to Tampere is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Geneva to Tampere. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Geneva in August: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 23°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Visavuori, Yyteri Beach, Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto
Highlights from your plan
Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Yyteri Beach ©
Yyteri Beach

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Venture out of the city with trips to Teijo National Park (in Pernio) and Old Rauma (in Rauma). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and stroll through The Archipelago Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Turku trip website .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Naantali, Teijo National Park, Old Rauma
Highlights from your plan
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World

3
nights
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Vaasa side-trips: Seinajoki Library (in Seinajoki), Powerpark (in Harma) and Saltkaret (in Mustasaari). There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site, examine the collection at Arctic Museum Nanoq, pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko, and snap pictures at Raippaluodon Silta.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip planner .

You can drive from Turku to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August in Vaasa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mustasaari, Arctic Museum Nanoq, Powerpark, Seinajoki Library
Highlights from your plan
Powerpark ©
Powerpark
Arctic Museum Nanoq ©
Arctic Museum Nanoq

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: stop by LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then browse the collection at Rovaniemi City Library.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi online tour itinerary planner .

You can fly from Vaasa to Rovaniemi in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Tours Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

4
nights
Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Get out of town with these interesting Lieksa side-trips: Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (in Koli). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Akka-Koli Hill, trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Uhrihalkeama, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lieksa vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Lieksa in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. In August in Lieksa, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Lieksa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Shop Retkitupa, Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto
Highlights from your plan
Akka-Koli Hill ©
Akka-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto

3
nights
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. Get out of town with these interesting Joensuu side-trips: Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu) and Koli Nature Centre Ukko (in Koli). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, take in nature's colorful creations at Botania - Botanical Garden and Tropical Butterfly Garden, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and admire the masterpieces at Joensuun Taidemuseo Onni.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Joensuu trip planner .

You can drive from Lieksa to Joensuu in 2 hours. August in Joensuu sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Joensuu

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Koli Nature Centre Ukko, Old Mine Mining Museum
Highlights from your plan
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

2
nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 22nd (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, contemplate the waterfront views at Siikalahti Wetland, then take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, and finally snap pictures at Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and then explore the striking landscape of Kolovesi National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planning tool .

You can drive from Joensuu to Savonlinna in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Kotka.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Siikalahti Wetland, Kolovesi National Park, Kerimaki Church, Kummakivi Boulder, Puumalansalmen silta ja nakoalahissi
Highlights from your plan
Kolovesi National Park ©
Kolovesi National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

3
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. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). There's much more to do: walk around Sapokka Water Garden, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Palotorninvuori Park, and identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kotka trip planner .

Getting from Savonlinna to Kotka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Kotka, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum
Highlights from your plan
Repovesi National Park ©
Repovesi National Park
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden
Santalahti Nature Trail ©
Santalahti Nature Trail

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.
When in Helsinki, make a side trip to see Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and make a trip to Senate Square.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel planner.

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Nuuksio National Park, Vantaa Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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