12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Mikkeli
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
Nurmes
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Brussels

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.
On the 29th (Wed), admire the striking features of Rock Church and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki holiday planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brussels to Helsinki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Helsinki sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Zoos & Aquariums
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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night
Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 31st (Fri), enjoy some diversion at Porvoo Swimming Pool, stroll through Kokonniemi, and then make a trip to Porvoo Old Town.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Porvoo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Porvoo can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Mikkeli.

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#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Porvoo Old Town ©
Porvoo Old Town

1
night
Mikkeli

Mikkeli ©
Mikkeli is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Naisvuori Observation Tower, hike along Naisvuori Hill, examine the collection at Communications Centre Lokki, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mikkeli Cathedral, then stop by Stella, and finally stop by Akseli.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Mikkeli sightseeing app .

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Mikkeli takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Mikkeli are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Mikkeli

#Shopping, #Nature, #Parks
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Akseli ©
Akseli
Mikkeli Cathedral ©
Mikkeli Cathedral

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nights
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Linnansaari National Park. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, look for gifts at Taito Shop Savonlinna, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Savonlinna online journey maker .

You can drive from Mikkeli to Savonlinna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nurmes.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Linnansaari National Park
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral

2
nights
Nurmes

Nurmes ©
Nurmes is a town and municipality of Finland.It was located in the former province of Eastern Finland until 2010 and is now in the North Karelia region. On the 4th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nurmes Church, then take an in-depth tour of Myllymuseo, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Venajanhiekka. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Hiidenportti National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nurmes online road trip planner .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Nurmes in 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Nurmes can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Nurmes

#Nature, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Venajanhiekka, Hiidenportti National Park, Myllymuseo
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Venajanhiekka ©
Venajanhiekka
Hiidenportti National Park ©
Hiidenportti National Park
Nurmes Church ©
Nurmes Church

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night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla ©
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Jyvaskyla Art Museum, stop by Punnitse & Saasta, then revel in the low prices at Panda Factory Outlet, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nyrolan luontopolku.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jyvaskyla vacation maker app .

You can drive from Nurmes to Jyvaskyla in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Nurmes in June, Jyvaskyla is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Panda Factory Outlet
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Nyrolan luontopolku ©
Nyrolan luontopolku
Punnitse & Saasta ©
Punnitse & Saasta

1
night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): head off the coast to Viikinsaari Island, then stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach, and then stroll through Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tampere vacation planner.

You can take a train from Jyvaskyla to Tampere in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Turku.

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#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach
Viikinsaari Island ©
Viikinsaari Island
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 8th (Sat), hike along Kurjenrahka National Park, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Turku Cathedral and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Turku online journey planner .

Traveling by train from Tampere to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Turku

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Kurjenrahka National Park
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Kurjenrahka National Park ©
Kurjenrahka National Park
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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