11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  12​h 15​min
Helsinki
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Sotkamo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h 15​min
End: Shanghai

1
night
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Helsinki travel route planning app .

Shanghai, China to Helsinki is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Shanghai in August, expect Helsinki to be cooler, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Imatra.

Things to do in Helsinki

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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©

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Imatra

Imatra ©
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Lempukka Beach, then trek along Malonsaari, then step off the mainland to explore Lammassaari Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra trip planner .

You can take a train from Helsinki to Imatra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
On the 18th (Sat), delve into the lush surroundings at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Koli National Park trip planner .

Getting from Imatra to Koli National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sotkamo.

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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

2
nights
Sotkamo

Sotkamo ©
Sotkamo is a municipality of Finland, located in the Kainuu region. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): kick back and relax at Hiukka and then explore the striking landscape of Venajanhiekka. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Sotkamo trip tool .

Getting from Koli National Park to Sotkamo by car takes about 2.5 hours. August in Sotkamo sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Sotkamo

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Venajanhiekka
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiukka ©
Hiukka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park

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nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. On the 22nd (Wed), stop by Shopping Center Kumpare, take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then hike along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Julma Olkky and then get outside with Karhunkierros.

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You can drive from Sotkamo to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 24th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and then head off the coast to Vepsa Island.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Turku trip itinerary maker app .

You can fly from Kuusamo to Turku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Turku sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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