13 days in Finland Itinerary

13 days in Finland Itinerary

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13 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
Joensuu
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Kittila
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Inari
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h
Helsinki
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Zurich

3
nights
Kouvola

Kouvola ©
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Discover out-of-the-way places like Stromforsin ruukki and Repovesi National Park. Visiting Santalahti Nature Trail and Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kouvola: Linden Esplanade (in Kotka) and Hiidenvuori (in Iitti). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Mustila.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kouvola holiday builder .

Zurich, Switzerland to Kouvola is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Eastern European Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Zurich in August, plan for slightly colder days in Kouvola, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Joensuu.

Things to do in Kouvola

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotka, Arboretum Mustila, Stromforsin ruukki, Hiidenvuori
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Arboretum Mustila ©
Arboretum Mustila
Stromforsin ruukki ©
Stromforsin ruukki
Hiidenvuori ©
Hiidenvuori

1
night
Joensuu

Joensuu ©
Joensuu is a city and municipality in North Karelia in the province of Eastern Finland. On the 24th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Carelicum, stop by Kauppakeskus Iso Myy, then get in on the family fun at Treetop Adventure Park, then kick back and relax at Honkaniemi Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Utra Beach.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, read Joensuu online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Kouvola to Joensuu takes 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Joensuu can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Joensuu

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Carelicum ©
Carelicum
Kauppakeskus Iso Myy ©
Kauppakeskus Iso Myy

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre, trek along Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Kiutakongas Rapids. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Julma Olkky and then head outdoors with Karhunkierros.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo day trip planning site .

Drive from Joensuu to Kuusamo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kittila.

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

2
nights
Kittila

Kittilä is a municipality of Finland and a popular holiday resort.It is located in northern Finland north of the Arctic Circle within the Lapland region. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Keimiotunturi Fell and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Pakasaivo and then head outdoors with Seven Fells Up.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kittila road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kuusamo to Kittila takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. August in Kittila sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Inari.

Things to do in Kittila

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Muonio, Seven Fells Up
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Pakasaivo ©
Pakasaivo
Keimiotunturi Fell ©
Keimiotunturi Fell

2
nights
Inari

Inari ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church, then examine the collection at Siida, and then relax in the rural setting at Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lemmenjoki National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Inari online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Kittila to Inari takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Inari

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Trails

Side Trip

Lemmenjoki National Park
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Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus ©
Reindeer Farm Petri Mattus
Siida ©
Siida
Lemmenjoki National Park ©
Lemmenjoki National Park

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, admire the striking features of Rock Church, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), examine the collection at Mannerheim Museum, then learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, and finally stroll through Aurinkolahti Beach.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planning site .

Getting from Inari to Helsinki by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Inari in August, things will get a bit warmer in Helsinki: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Beaches
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Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church