Idyllic Finland: The Ultimate 4 Day Travel Guide

 

I visited Finland for the first time back in June, and instantly fell in love with the tranquility, way of life and of course the iconic midnight sun. Here is my ultimate 4 day guide that will get you to all the best bits of Finland and leave you wanting more. From sweeping national parks and waterlily lakes to treehouse villages and smoke saunas, Finland really is one of the most exciting places to be for the summer.

 

DAY 1 – Helsinki: Finland’s foodie paradise

Fly into Helsinki with Finnair and begin your Nordic adventure. The country’s buzzing capital is small yet seriously sophisticated, and is definitely the place to be if you’re into creative eating…

Spend your first day sipping creative cocktails (think Seaweed & Riesling, Liquorice root & Lemon) at Hotel Lilla Roberts and experiencing a fabulous 9 course meal (omg) at Bronda.

For your first evening activity, head up to the rooftop Ateljée Bar to watch the sun set behind the dusky skyline. With magnificent sweeping views of the city, this place has to be a must for any sunset lover.

Klaus K Rooftop The Wanderlust Bug 3

 

DAY 2: The Kimito Islands: Lighthouses, Cafés, The Great Outdoors

Head out to the islands of the Turku Archipelago – the Kimito islands to be exact. The islands must be reached by ferry from the mainland.

A picturesque cycle route along the coastal trail of Kimito will bring you to the tranquil oasis that is Westers Garden. The owners pride themselves on making everything from the vegetables and herbs that are grown in their garden alongside the manor.

Standing alone on the island at 52 metres above sea level, it is easy to see why Bengtskär is a popular destination with visitors. The lighthouse often hosts exhibitions and events, and if you have time why not spend a night in the boutique hotel in the tower?

Take the short ferry journey to Högsåra island where you will find the sweet and picturesque Farmors Café known for its freshly baked cakes and local delicacies. Söderlångvik Manor, an elegant villa dating back to the 1500’s is only a stone’s throw away, a must for anyone in search of Finnish history.

 

DAY 3: Treehouses & Underground Saunas

If you want to feel like a woodland fairy, take a trip to the Storfinnhova Forest Village where you will find a handful of treehouses hidden high up amongst the trees.

If you can picture the lost boys’ underground hideout in Peter Pan, then you aren’t far off imagining the underground candle-lit smoke-sauna that weaves around the forest creak.

Stretching across two levels, the water from the upper basin flows down through the underground stream and cascades down into the pool below. Simply heavenly.

 

DAY 4: National Parks & Waterlily Lakes

Wake up refreshed after your night in the forest and take a short ferry to another of Finland’s absolute treasures: Teijo National Park. A nature lovers dream, activities include rowing, wild swimming, canoeing and strolling around the many waterlily lakes.

No visit to the area is complete without a visit to Mathildedal Brewery and Bakery for the most delicious freshly baked bread and thirst-quenching beer.

Just nearby, a budding baker named Ada Bakes bakes the most divine cakes I have ever tasted – make sure to check out her family’s Ironworks village if you’re passing through.

After lunch, head back to the capital and on to the airport to catch your flight home. Rest assured you’ll be back soon, I promise you won’t able to stay away. 🙂

I was a guest of Visit Finland on this trip.

 

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9 Comments

  1. 12th July 2017 / 20:38

    Beautiful photos! And I love how food-oriented the post is! 🙂 Is Finland as expensive as Norway?

  2. 13th July 2017 / 03:03

    This post is such a treat to the eyes. If you say Helsinki is a food lover’s paradise, then I MUST head there soon. The waterlily lakes are so beautiful too. <3

  3. 13th July 2017 / 20:50

    Looks so spectacularly beautiful! The greenery, colorful houses, pristine waters – it all looks stunning. Tree Houses and Underground Sauna??? I have to pack my bags and head to Finland!!!

  4. 14th July 2017 / 15:33

    Finland is certainly one of the most beautiful countries, and the capital seems to prove it right! I am all for nature parks, so you had me there. Plus, those tree houses look so beautiful!

  5. 14th July 2017 / 15:36

    These pics show the stunning place Finland is. The beautiful landscapes are worth a million bucks. Would love to stay in those treehouses

  6. Your photos says how beautiful Finland is. I like how lively all your photos are and how concise you’re in sharing your experience. I haven’t been to Finland yet, but by reading your blog post, it made feel like I’ve seen the beautiful spot in Finland. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  7. 17th July 2017 / 16:15

    Sounds like a perfect itinerary! The color of the sky is quite surreal. Your pictures speak for itself how beautiful Finland is!

  8. 18th July 2017 / 10:05

    What a great guide with some fabulous photos. I’ve never been to Finland before and I definitely want to do a Tallin/Helsinki trip in one go after visiting Vilnius and Riga! Your itinerary sounds divine – and the 9 course meal?! The sunset also looks gorgeous (can I pls be there already). Thanks for sharing 🙂
    Viola xo | A Piece of Viola

  9. 19th September 2017 / 14:39

    Wow those sunsets are unreal. Each one kept getting even more beautiful! The purples and pinks are definitely my favorite. My friend just explored Finland and his pictures were just like yours! Definitely a bucket list place for me.

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