12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Lappeenranta
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kuopio
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
Turku
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Tampere
— 1 night
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Hong Kong

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nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, then browse the exhibits of Fortress of Suomenlinna, then meet the residents at Korkeasaari Zoo, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Helsinki online visit planner .

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Helsinki due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Kouvola.

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#Theme Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors
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Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Linnanmaki Amusement Park ©
Linnanmaki Amusement Park
Korkeasaari Zoo ©
Korkeasaari Zoo

1
night
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill as well as Sapokka Water Garden. On the 22nd (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Sapokka Water Garden, explore the engaging exhibits at Kouvola Model Railroad Museum, and then contemplate the long history of World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola trip planner .

Traveling by train from Helsinki to Kouvola takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can catch the train to Lappeenranta.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Museums, #Childrens Museums, #Parks

Side Trip

Sapokka Water Garden
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Kouvola Model Railroad Museum ©
Kouvola Model Railroad Museum
Sapokka Water Garden ©
Sapokka Water Garden

1
night
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
On the 23rd (Thu), admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Joutsenon kirkko, then contemplate the waterfront views at Saimaa Canal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Lappeen Marian kirkko.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lappeenranta day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Kouvola to Lappeenranta in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lappeenranta are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Imatra Waterfall
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Saimaa Canal ©
Saimaa Canal
Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Joutsenon kirkko ©
Joutsenon kirkko

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Savonlinna Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Savonlinna Herostatue - The Hero's Grave, stop by Taito Shop Savonlinna, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, then examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Olavinlinna Castle.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Savonlinna trip planner .

You can drive from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping
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Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Cathedral ©
Savonlinna Cathedral
Taito Shop Savonlinna ©
Taito Shop Savonlinna

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night
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 25th (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, examine the collection at RIISA - Orthodox Church Museum of Finland, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then explore the world behind art at Kuopio Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lutheran Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kuopio journey website .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kuopio are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Oulu.

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Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Lutheran Cathedral ©
Lutheran Cathedral

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): stroll through Nallikari Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Haukipudas Church, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hupisaaret Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Oulu travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kuopio to Oulu in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

#Parks, #Beaches, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Haukipudas Church
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Haukipudas Church ©
Haukipudas Church
Hupisaaret Park ©
Hupisaaret Park

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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Kaupungintalo - City Hall, cool off at Tropiclandia, and then see the interesting displays at Terranova.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa online day trip planner .

Getting from Oulu to Vaasa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Vaasa are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turku.

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Tropiclandia ©
Tropiclandia
Kaupungintalo - City Hall ©
Kaupungintalo - City Hall

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night
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally enjoy some diversion at Moomin World.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Turku day trip tool .

Getting from Vaasa to Turku by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Fun & Games

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Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

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night
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Tampere trip tool .

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park

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