55 days in Finland Itinerary

55 days in Finland Itinerary

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Train to Brussels, Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 6 nights
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Jyvaskyla
— 6 nights
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 6 nights
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mikkeli
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kotka
— 6 nights
Drive
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Turku
— 6 nights
Fly
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Mariehamn, Aland Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Helsinki
— 8 nights
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Tampere

— 6 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
The Parola Armour Museum and Vapriikin Museokeskus are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Visavuori (in Valkeakoski), Hameenlinna (Hameenlinna Art Museum, Museo Militaria, &more) and Holy Cross Church (in Parola). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, identify plant and animal life at Hatanpaa Arboretum, see the interesting displays at Tampere Mineral Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tampere journey planning site.

Lille, France to Tampere is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lille to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lille in July since evenings lows in Tampere dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Jyvaskyla

— 6 nights
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Riuttala Farmhouse Museum and Old Church of Keuruu. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jyvaskyla: Korpilahti (Hoyry Galleria & Oravivuori Triangulation Tower), Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi) and Church of Keuruu (in Keuruu). There's much more to do: brush up on your military savvy at Finnish Air Force Museum, get engrossed in the history at Toivolan Vanha Piha, see the interesting displays at Vitikkala Manor, and learn more about the world around you at Natural History Museum of Central Finland.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Jyvaskyla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Jyvaskyla sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Koli National Park

— 6 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.
Pielisen Museum and Old Mine Mining Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Koli National Park: Joensuu (Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma & Utransaari/ The Utra Island) and Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara). There's much more to do: trek along Paha-Koli Hill, don't miss a visit to Paateri, stroll through Makravaara Hill, and enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Koli National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Koli National Park takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Savonlinna

— 4 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimaki Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Savonlinna: Parikkala (The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Siikalahti Wetland, &more), Heinavesi (Heinaveden kirkko & New Valamo Monastery) and Rapio Mill (in Juva). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, get all the information you need at Riihisaari, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get some cultural insight at Woikosken Automuseo and Infantry Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), The Astuvansalmi rock paintings (in Ristiina) and Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George Church, view the masterpieces at Mikkelin Valokuvakeskus, take a stroll around Art Centre Salmela, and brush up on your military savvy at Communications Centre Lokki.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mikkeli attractions planner.

Getting from Savonlinna to Mikkeli by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July in Mikkeli, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Mikkeli

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lappeenranta

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Church of St. Nicholas and Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God. Venture out of the city with trips to Imatra (Imatran Kalatalo & Tainionkosken Church), Rautjarven kirkko (in Simpele) and Ruokolahti (Kummakivi Boulder, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lemin kirkko, take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall, and examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kotka.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Kotka

— 6 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Salpa Line Museum and St Michael Church. Explore Kotka's surroundings by going to Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, &more), Loviisa Maritime Museum (in Loviisa) and Bunker Museum (in Virolahti). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, examine the collection at Museum of Aviation, and take in nature's colorful creations at Sapokka Water Garden.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kotka travel route planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Kotka

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Turku

— 6 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku Castle and Old Rauma are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Turku: Rauma (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Michael's church, brush up on your military savvy at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and take an in-depth tour of Ett Hem Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Turku sightseeing planning app.

You can drive from Kotka to Turku in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Mariehamn.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Mariehamn, Aland Island

— 3 nights
Mariehamn is the capital of Åland, an autonomous territory under Finnish sovereignty. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Aland Maritime Museum and Kastelholm Castle. Explore Mariehamn's surroundings by going to Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum (in Eckero), Bomarsund (in Sund) and Getabergen (in Geta). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museumship Pommern, step off the mainland to explore Kobba Klintar, walk around Lilla holmen, and take a leisurely stroll along The Maritime Quarter.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mariehamn trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Turku to Mariehamn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can fly to Helsinki.

Things to do in Mariehamn

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Helsinki

— 8 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.
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Helsinki to go to Espoo and see Nuuksio National Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Helsinki trip planning website.

You can fly from Mariehamn to Helsinki in 2.5 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Historic Sites · 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."