36 days in Finland Itinerary

36 days in Finland Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Drive
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Rauma
— 2 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 5 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Fly
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Saariselka
— 2 nights
Fly
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Levi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ranua
— 1 night
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Imatra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
Fly

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Tampere

— 4 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and The Parola Armour Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Hatanpaa Arboretum and Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Ahtari Zoo (in Ahtari), Seitsemisen Kansallispuisto (in Ylojarvi) and Visavuori (in Valkeakoski). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, make a trip to Nasinneula Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tampere trip tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Brussels to Tampere, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Tampere, with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rauma.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Rauma

— 2 nights
Rauma is a town and municipality of ca. On the 25th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Rauma, and then examine the collection at Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Holy Cross, kick back and relax at Herrainpaivat Beach, then kick back and relax at Yyteri Beach, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Central Pori Church (Keski-Porin kirkko).

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Rauma vacation app.

Getting from Tampere to Rauma by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Rauma, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Rauma

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Forum Marinum Maritime Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Turku Cathedral and Teijo National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: VMB Fishing (in Salo) and Kurjenrahka National Park (in Poytya). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, make a trip to Archangel Michael's church, trek along The Archipelago Trail, and get engrossed in the history at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Turku trip builder website.

Drive from Rauma to Turku in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 2 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stroll around Lilla holmen, learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, then take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter, and finally make a trip to Bomarsund. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then identify plant and animal life at Getabergen, and finally steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mariehamn tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July in Mariehamn, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Vaasa.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 4th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Vaasa holiday maker.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Vaasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. July in Vaasa sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saariselka.

Things to do in Vaasa

Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Saariselka

— 2 nights
Outdoor pursuits--ranging from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling to reindeer safaris and chasing Northern Lights--draw the largest number of tourists to Saariselka.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Saariselka S:t Paulus Chapel, fly down the slopes at Urho Kekkonen National Park, and then stop by Hippupuoti Gift Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of Lapland Safaris Saariselka and then examine the collection at Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Center.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Saariselka road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Vaasa to Saariselka takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Saariselka are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Levi.

Things to do in Saariselka

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Levi

— 3 nights
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
Take a break from the city and head to Levi Ski Resort and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Step off the beaten path and head to Pallas-Yllastunturi National Park and Sarkitunturi. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wingrens Dogsafaris and relax in the rural setting at Ounaskievari Reindeer Farm.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Levi visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Saariselka to Levi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in July, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Ranua.

Things to do in Levi

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Ranua

— 1 night
Ranua is a municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Lapland. On the 10th (Sat), see exotic creatures in open habitats at Ranua Zoo.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ranua trip planner.

Traveling by car from Levi to Ranua takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Ranua

Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Savonlinna

— 3 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Get some cultural insight at Olavinlinna Castle and St. George Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kerimaki Church and Savonlinna Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala) and Communications Centre Lokki (in Mikkeli). Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Kolovesi National Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko and examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Savonlinna holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Ranua to Savonlinna takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Imatra

— 2 nights
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
On the 14th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Joutsenon kirkko, contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lepola Cemetery Chapel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tainionkosken Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Nicholas, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Kummakivi Boulder, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lemin kirkko, then examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Imatra tour site.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Imatra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Imatra, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Imatra

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Maritime Centre Vellamo and Linden Esplanade are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Repovesi National Park and Riverside Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kouvola: Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden & St. Nicholas Orthodox Church). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila and delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Kouvola trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Imatra to Kouvola in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Aalto House. Get some historical perspective at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum and Helsinki Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Helsinki: Heureka (in Vantaa), Nuuksio National Park (in Espoo) and Porvoo (Cathedral of Porvoo & Porvoo Old Town). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Kallio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and get a new perspective on nature at Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo).

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki day trip site.

You can drive from Kouvola to Helsinki in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

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."