17 days in Finland Itinerary

17 days in Finland Itinerary

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17 days in Finland Itinerary

Helsinki
train:  2​h
Lappeenranta
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Savonlinna
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kuopio
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Koli
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
Kemijarvi
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Helsinki

5
days
Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta ©
On the shores of the country's largest lake system, Lappeenrata serves as the economic and cultural center of southeast Finland.
Get in touch with nature at Lammassaari Island and Imatra Waterfall. Get a sense of the local culture at Hamina Old Town and World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Venture out of the city with trips to Kotka (Linden Esplanade, Kotka Church, & more), Salpa Line Museum (in Miehikkala) and Kouvola Model Railroad Museum (in Kouvola). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Stromforsin ruukki, head outdoors with Atreenalin Seikkailupuistot, admire the landmark architecture of Hamina Town Hall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauritsala Church.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lappeenranta trip planner.

Helsinki to Lappeenranta is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July in Lappeenranta, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lappeenranta

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Museums

Side Trips

Kotka, Imatra, Hamina, Kouvola, Salpa Line Museum
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Salpa Line Museum ©
Salpa Line Museum
Lammassaari Island ©
Lammassaari Island

3
days
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Take a break from the city and head to Linnansaari National Park and Punkaharju Ridge. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Savonlinna Provincial Museum and New Valamo Monastery. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Savonlinna Cathedral, and make a trip to Pikkukirkko.

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Traveling by car from Lappeenranta to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Savonlinna sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Punkaharju Ridge, Linnansaari National Park, New Valamo Monastery
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Linnansaari National Park ©
Linnansaari National Park
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum
New Valamo Monastery ©
New Valamo Monastery

3
days
Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Valkeisenlampi and Kuopion Korttelimuseo. Visiting Orinoro Gorge and Snellman Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, trek along Saaristokatu, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Kuopio are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli.

Things to do in Kuopio

#Parks, #Nature, #Museums

Side Trip

Orinoro Gorge
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Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo ©
Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo
Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo

2
days
Koli

Koli ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, trek along Paha-Koli Hill, and then explore the activities along Pielinen. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto.

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You can drive from Kuopio to Koli in 2.5 hours. In July in Koli, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Kemijarvi.

Things to do in Koli

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Koli National Park, Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Koli Nature Centre Ukko ©
Koli Nature Centre Ukko

4
days
Kemijarvi

Kemijarvi ©
Kemijärvi is a municipality of Finland. Get outdoors at Riisitunturi National Park and Kiutakongas Rapids. Discover out-of-the-way places like Korouoma Canyon and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail. Step out of Kemijarvi with an excursion to Pyha-Luosto National Park in Pyhatunturi--about 36 minutes away. There's more to do: take in the history at Joutsijarven Bunkkerit.

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You can drive from Koli to Kemijarvi in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July, daytime highs in Kemijarvi are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kemijarvi

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Posio, Kiutakongas Rapids, Pyha-Luosto National Park, Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Riisitunturi National Park ©
Riisitunturi National Park

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