9 days in Finland Itinerary

9 days in Finland Itinerary

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9 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Kuusamo
— 2 nights
Fly + train:  5​h
4
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Dubai

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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 4th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Mannerheim Museum, then wander the streets of Katajanokka, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti).

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Helsinki online day trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Traveling from Dubai to Helsinki, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Helsinki is much colder than Dubai - with highs of 69°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Outdoors, #Historic Sites, #Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Mannerheim Museum ©
Mannerheim Museum
Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti) ©
Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti)

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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 5th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, and then step off the mainland to explore Vepsa Island.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Turku attractions planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Turku

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Nature
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Vepsa Island ©
Vepsa Island
Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

2
nights
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, then take in breathtaking views at Kiutakongas Rapids, and then stop by Shopping Center Kumpare. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm, then get outside with Karhunkierros, and then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Kuusamo trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Kuusamo takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. When traveling from Turku in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kuusamo: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 48°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Imatra.

Things to do in Kuusamo

#Outdoors, #Trails, #Parks

Side Trip

Pieni Karhunkierros Trail
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Kiutakongas Rapids ©
Kiutakongas Rapids
Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros

1
night
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 8th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Malonsaari, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lempukka Beach, then trek along Lammassaari Island, and finally admire the sheer force of Imatra Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra road trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kuusamo to Imatra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Imatra are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors
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Imatra Waterfall ©
Imatra Waterfall
Malonsaari ©
Malonsaari

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Kolinuuron kierros Nature Trail, trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Koli National Park journey website .

Getting from Imatra to Koli National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Koli National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife
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Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto ©
Patvinsuon Kansallispuisto
Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill

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