45 days in Finland Itinerary

45 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Turku
— 5 nights
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Tampere
— 5 nights
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Lahti
— 4 nights
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Oulu
— 2 nights
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Koli National Park
— 5 nights
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Mikkeli
— 5 nights
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Lappeenranta
— 3 nights
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Kotka
— 5 nights
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Helsinki
— 7 nights
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— 3 nights
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Turku

— 5 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore Turku's surroundings by going to Rauma (Kylmapihlaja Lighthouse Island, Old Rauma, &more) and Louhisaari Manor (in Askainen). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, examine the collection at Kylamaki Village of Living History, visit Naantali Old Town, and trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Turku trip builder site.

Billum, Denmark to Turku is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Billum to Turku, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Tampere

— 5 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tampere: Pori (Herrainpaivat Beach & Yyteri Beach), Parola (Holy Cross Church & The Parola Armour Museum) and Hameenlinna (Birthplace of Jean Sibelius & Skogster Museum). There's still lots to do: find something for the whole family at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, take in panoramic vistas at Nasinneula Tower, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Tampere can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lahti.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lahti

— 4 nights
Lahti is a city and municipality in Finland.Lahti is the capital of the Päijänne Tavastia region. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lahti: Hiidenvuori (in Iitti), Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki) and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill (in Kouvola). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Hollola, take in the waterfront at Vesijärvi harbor, see the interesting displays at Suomen Lasimuseo (The Finnish Glass Museum), and explore the world behind art at Riihimaki Art Museum.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lahti trip website.

You can drive from Tampere to Lahti in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Lahti are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Oulu.

Things to do in Lahti

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oulu

— 2 nights
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): examine the collection at Turkansaaren Ulkomuseo, grab your bike and head to Outdoors Oulu Oy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi, then don't miss a visit to Kauppahalli, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden, University of Oulu, enjoy the sand and surf at Nallikari Beach, then stroll around Hupisaaret Park, and finally walk around Ainolan Puisto.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Oulu day trip tool.

Fly from Lahti to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Koli National Park

— 5 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Koli National Park: Kuopio (Kuopion Korttelimuseo, Puijo Tower, &more) and Paalasmaan Surukivi (in Juuka). The adventure continues: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Akka-Koli Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, and explore the activities along Pielinen.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip maker website.

Getting from Oulu to Koli National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mikkeli: Rapio Mill (in Juva), Savonlinna (Pikkukirkko & Olavinlinna Castle) and Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki, make a trip to The Astuvansalmi rock paintings, take an in-depth tour of Toivolan Vanha Piha, and take some stellar pictures from Naisvuori Observation Tower.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mikkeli trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Mikkeli in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lappeenranta

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Siikalahti Wetland (in Parikkala), Ruokolahti (Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, Kummakivi Boulder, &more) and Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas & Tainionkosken Church). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, and see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lappeenranta trip builder tool.

Drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kotka

— 5 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. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kotka: Bunker Museum (in Virolahti), Kouvola (Utti Fort, Kouvola Tube Radio Museum, &more) and Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala). The adventure continues: stroll through Riverside Park, stroll around Sapokka Water Garden, hike along Santalahti Nature Trail, and take in nature's colorful creations at Sibelius Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kotka trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Kotka

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

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.
Pack the 25th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), hunt for treasures at Market Square Kauppatori, and brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Helsinki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. On the 29th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Salis Batteri, see the interesting displays at Kastelholm Castle, then see the interesting displays at Kastelholm - Open-air Museum, then steep yourself in history at Bomarsund, and finally take in the waterfront at The Maritime Quarter. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, then learn about all things military at Aland Maritime Museum, then examine the collection at Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Karingsunds Viltsafari.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Mariehamn vacation planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Mariehamn by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Mariehamn are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Finland travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
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."