55 days in Finland Itinerary

55 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

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Train to Brussels, Fly to Helsinki, Train to Tampere
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Tampere
— 6 nights
Drive
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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
Fly to Brussels, Train to Lille

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Parola Armour Museum and Visavuori. Get out of town with these interesting Tampere side-trips: Holy Cross Church (in Parola) and Hameenlinna (Hameenlinna Art Museum, Museo Militaria, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, steep yourself in history at Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, and take in the pleasant sights at Finlayson Area.

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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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lille to Tampere. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lille in June: high temperatures in Tampere hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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 Toivolan Vanha Piha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jyvaskyla: Petajavesi Old Church (in Petajavesi), Korpilahti (Hoyry Galleria & Oravivuori Triangulation Tower) and Keuruu (Church of Keuruu & Old Church of Keuruu). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Finnish Air Force Museum, go for a walk through Tourujoen Luontopolku, get a taste of the local shopping with Art Center Haihatus, and get engrossed in the history at Keski-Suomen museo (Museum of Central Finland).

Make your Jyvaskyla itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Tampere to Jyvaskyla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pielisen Museum and Pohjois-Karjalan museo Hilma. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koli National Park: Tiilikkajarven Kansallispuisto (in Rautavaara), Old Mine Mining Museum (in Outokumpu) and Utransaari/ The Utra Island (in Joensuu). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, make a trip to Paateri, and stroll through Kasken Kierros Nature Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Koli National Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Jyvaskyla to Koli National Park takes 4 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Olavinlinna Castle and Kerimaki Church. Explore Savonlinna's surroundings by going to 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: examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pikkukirkko, step into the grandiose world of Savonlinna Cathedral, and make a trip to Riihisaari.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna road trip planning site.

Getting from Koli National Park to Savonlinna by car takes about 3 hours. June in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mikkeli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Mikkeli

— 5 nights
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Get some cultural insight at Woikosken Automuseo and The Astuvansalmi rock paintings. Change things up with these side-trips from Mikkeli: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola), Viewing Platform in Puumala (in Puumala) and Mantyharju (Art Centre Salmela & Woikosken tehdasmuseo). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. George Church, see the interesting displays at Mannerheim`s Saloon Car, tour the pleasant surroundings at Neitvuori, and get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Mikkeli trip planning website.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Mikkeli in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in June, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of St. Nicholas and Tainionkosken Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Ruokolahti (Kummakivi Boulder, Ruokolahden Kellotapuli, &more), Imatran Kalatalo (in Imatra) and Rautjarven kirkko (in Simpele). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Saimaa Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church, admire the striking features of Lappeen Marian kirkko, and examine the collection at Lappeenranta Fortress.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lappeenranta driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough 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. Get some cultural insight at Salpa Line Museum and St Michael Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Bunker Museum (in Virolahti), Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola, World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, &more) and Loviisa Maritime Museum (in Loviisa). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, take a stroll through Linden Esplanade, walk around Riverside Park, and head off the coast to Varissaari - Fort Elisabeth.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kotka online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Kotka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Kotka can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Turku: Rauma (Rauman Merimuseo - Rauma Maritime Museum, Kirsti - Sailor's Home Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and admire the natural beauty at Turku University Botanical Garden.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Turku day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kotka to Turku takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Turku sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to fly 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. Get some cultural insight at Aland Maritime Museum and Aland Hunting & Fishing Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mariehamn: Bomarsund (in Sund) and Getabergen (in Geta). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Museumship Pommern, have fun and explore at The Cultural History Museum of Aland, admire the masterpieces at The Aland Island Art Museum, and walk around Lilla holmen.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mariehamn route maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Turku to Mariehamn takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of ferry and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna and The Esplanadi Park. Change things up with a short trip to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and explore the world behind art at Kansallisgalleria.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by flight from Mariehamn to Helsinki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough 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."