36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland attractions planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Drive to Kotka
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Kotka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Levi
— 1 night
Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 4 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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Kotka

— 4 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sapokka Water Garden and Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kotka side-trips: Kouvola (Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area, Utti Fort, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Maritime Centre Vellamo, contemplate the long history of Kotka Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Palotorninvuori Park, and wander the streets of Linden Esplanade.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip maker tool.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Kotka is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Jakarta in May, with highs in Kotka at 18°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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 31st (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lempukka Beach, admire the engineering at Imatrankoski, then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and finally look for gifts at Imatran Kalatalo. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, see the interesting displays at Saimaa Kanal Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and finally make a trip to Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Lappeenranta takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Lappeenranta can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Parks · Nature · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 2nd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally get in on the family fun at Punkaharjun Kesamaa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in June, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Kuopio

— 3 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Explore hidden gems such as Puijo Tower and Saaristokatu. Take a break from Kuopio with a short trip to Southern Konnevesi National park in Rautalampi, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, explore the activities along Valkeisenlampi, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kuopio route planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Kuopio takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Kuopio, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Kuopio

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Koli National Park

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto and Eräeero T:mi Eero Kortelainen. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Pielinen, hit the slopes at Ukko-Koli, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kuopio to Koli National Park takes 2.5 hours. In June in Koli National Park, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Kuusamo

— 2 nights
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruka. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, and then trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kuusamo online route planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Kuusamo takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Koli National Park in June, expect nights in Kuusamo to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Side Trip

Levi

— 1 night
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Levi Ski Resort.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Levi trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Kuusamo to Levi in 5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In June in Levi, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Tampere.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Tours · Winter Sports · Adventure
Highlights from your trip

Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower and Hatanpaa Arboretum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tampere: Pori (Rakennuskulttuuritalo Toivo Ja Korsmanin Talo, Yyteri Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, and kick back and relax at Rauhaniemi Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tampere online day trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Levi to Tampere in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Turku

— 4 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Forum Marinum Maritime Centre and Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Get out of town with these interesting Turku side-trips: Rauma (Ruokapuoti Lumo, Old Rauma, &more) and Bonk Museum (in Uusikaupunki). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, shop like a local with Turun Taidehalli, and make a trip to Naantali Old Town.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Turku online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aland Maritime Museum and Bomarsund. Explore Mariehamn's surroundings by going to Eckero (Karingsunds Viltsafari & Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kastelholm Castle, explore the engaging exhibits at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, head off the coast to Kobba Klintar, and try your luck at PAF Casino.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mariehamn day trip site.

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Mariehamn can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Helsinki

— 7 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and The National Library of Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo, Porvoo Old Town, &more) and Jarvenpaa Mosque (in Jarvenpaa). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and walk around Kaivopuisto.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki trip planner.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. In June in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

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."