20 days in Finland Itinerary

20 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland sightseeing planner
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Turku
— 2 nights
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Tampere
— 4 nights
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Koli National Park
— 3 nights
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Lappeenranta
— 2 nights
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Kotka
— 3 nights
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Helsinki
— 5 nights

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Turku — 2 nights

Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Turku is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, walk around Kupittaa Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, and examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Turku trip maker app.

Helsinki to Turku is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Turku are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Tampere.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
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Find places to stay Jul 1 — 3:

Tampere — 4 nights

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: The Parola Armour Museum (in Parola) and Padasjoen Tuomastornit (in Padasjoki). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hatanpaa Arboretum, contemplate the long history of Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, and examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Tampere road trip tool.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Koli National Park.
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Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Find places to stay Jul 3 — 7:

Koli National Park — 3 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 Akka-Koli Hill, trek along Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and don't miss a visit to Paateri.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Tampere to Koli National Park by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Koli National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Lappeenranta.
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Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

Lappeenranta — 2 nights

On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Kummakivi Boulder, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Imatra Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tainionkosken Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lappeenrannan kirkko.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lappeenranta trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Lappeenranta takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Kotka.
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Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Kotka — 3 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Kotka: Kouvola (Repovesi National Park & Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Riverside Park, let the kids burn off some steam at Katariina Seaside Park, steep yourself in history at Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge Museum, and examine the collection at Maritime Centre Vellamo.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kotka travel route planner.

Getting from Lappeenranta to Kotka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Helsinki.
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Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:

Helsinki — 5 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.
Go for a jaunt from Helsinki to Espoo to see Nuuksio National Park about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Senate Square, and stroll around The Esplanadi Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Helsinki trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Kotka to Helsinki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
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Find places to stay Jul 15 — 20:

Finland travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · 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."
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