10 days in Finland Itinerary

10 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland journey maker

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Make it your trip
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Porvoo
Drive
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Kouvola
— 1 night
Drive
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Imatra
Drive
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Punkaharju
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kuopio
— 2 nights
Drive

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Helsinki

— 3 nights

Daughter of the Baltic

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 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Market Square Kauppatori, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally make a trip to Senate Square. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner.

If you are flying in from France, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Mon) before leaving for Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Porvoo

Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): revel in the low prices at Brunberg Candy Factory Shop, admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo, and then don't miss a visit to Porvoo Old Town.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Porvoo journey builder.

Drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Porvoo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Kouvola

— 1 night
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): delve into the lush surroundings at Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area and then examine the collection at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kouvola trip website.

Getting from Porvoo to Kouvola by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. July in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:
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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.
To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Imatra trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Kouvola to Imatra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. On the 13th (Tue), you're off to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Imatra

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Punkaharju

— 1 night
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, stroll around The Parikkala Sculpture Park, shop like a local with Johanna Oras Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

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You can drive from Imatra to Punkaharju in 1.5 hours. July in Punkaharju sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 14:

Koli National Park

— 2 nights
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, soothe aching muscles at Koli Relax Spa, enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, then stop by Koli Shop Retkitupa, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Ukko-Koli Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Paha-Koli Hill, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, then make a trip to Paateri, and finally see the interesting displays at Pielisen Museum.

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You can drive from Punkaharju to Koli National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Kuopio.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Kuopio

— 2 nights
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, then enjoy breathtaking views from Puijo Tower, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kuopio trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Koli National Park to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:

Finland travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Military Museums
Land of a Thousand Lakes
Combining vast Nordic wilderness with bustling hip cities, Finland offers something to delight and surprise all its visitors. Generally speaking, the northern region is populated by unspoiled pine forests, glistening blue lakes, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, while the south is home to the nation's thoroughly modern urban centers. Although Finland holds the title of most sparsely populated county in the European Union, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs in cities like Helsinki, Espoo, and Tampere are often packed with fun-loving Finns. Do bring your dancing shoes, but don't forget your hiking boots either--you'll want to make use of the country's 37 national parks, spread throughout this "Land of a Thousand Lakes."

South Karelia travel guide

3.8
Waterfalls · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
South Karelia is a region of Finland. It borders the regions of Kymenlaakso, Southern Savonia and North Karelia, as well as Russia.Historical provinceFor history, geography and culture see: Finnish KareliaRegional CouncilThe Regional Council of South Karelia is a joint municipal authority of nine member municipalities. The Council operates as the authority for regional development and unit for regional planning and looks after regional interests and to promote economic development and cultural well-being in South Karelia. The Council has a statutory responsibility for regional development and planning.The EU’s regional Objective Programmes for South Karelia have partly been prepared in the Council as it also implements and coordinates various projects. The Council is also represented in several international organisations, such as AEBR.MunicipalitiesThe region of South Karelia is made up of nine municipalities, of which two have city status (marked in bold).Imatra Sub-region: Imatra (28,219)Parikkala (5,509)Rautjärvi (3,682)Ruokolahti (5,507) Lappeenranta Sub-region: Lappeenranta (72,658)Lemi (3,130)Luumäki (4,992)Savitaipale (3,729)Taipalsaari (4,826)

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