31 days in Finland Itinerary

31 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner
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Turku
— 3 nights
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Tampere
— 4 nights
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Rovaniemi
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Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
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Koli National Park
— 4 nights
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Mikkeli
— 3 nights
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Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
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Kotka
— 4 nights
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Helsinki
— 6 nights

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Turku — 3 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Change things up with a short trip to VMB Fishing in Salo (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral, examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo, and take an in-depth tour of Pharmacy Museum and Qwensel House.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Turku planner.

Helsinki to Turku is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Tampere.
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Tampere — 4 nights

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gegwen Getaways (in Lempaala) and Parola (The Parola Armour Museum & Holy Cross Church). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum, enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, test the waters at Tullin Sauna, and get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Tampere online route planner.

Getting from Turku to Tampere by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rovaniemi.
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Rovaniemi — 2 nights

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then look for gifts at Arctic Design Shop, and finally push the limits with an extreme tour. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rovaniemi online travel route planner.

Do a combination of train and flight from Tampere to Rovaniemi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Koli National Park.
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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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, hike along Herajarvi Hiking Trail, explore the activities along Neitikoski Rapids, and take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mikkeli.
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Mikkeli — 3 nights

Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Change things up with these side-trips from Mikkeli: Repovesi National Park (in Kouvola) and Woikosken Automuseo (in Mantyharju). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Communications Centre Lokki, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Park Mikkelipuisto, and get into the urban bustle at Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mikkeli trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Mikkeli in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lappeenranta.
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Lappeenranta — 4 nights

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lappeenranta: Imatra (Church of St. Nicholas & Tainionkosken Church), Savitaipale Church (in Savitaipale) and Kummakivi Boulder (in Ruokolahti). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Siikalahti Wetland, explore the historical opulence of Sandcastle Lappeenranta, see the interesting displays at Lappeenranta Fortress, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lappeenranta trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mikkeli to Lappeenranta takes 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kotka.
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Kouvola (Model Railroad Museum Kouvola & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Valkmusa National Park. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Riverside Park, get engrossed in the history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, and hike along Santalahti Nature Trail.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kotka visit planner.

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Kotka in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Kotka, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Helsinki.
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Helsinki — 6 nights

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 out of Helsinki with an excursion to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about all things military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki tour builder.

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Finland travel guide

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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."
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