11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

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11 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
5
Punkaharju
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Helsinki
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Brussels

1
night
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 15th (Thu): wander the streets of Ullanlinna, then expand your understanding of the military at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then wander the streets of Katajanokka.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online visit planner .

Brussels, Belgium to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Helsinki is 1 hour. August in Helsinki sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Laajalahti Nature Reserve
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Katajanokka ©
Katajanokka
Laajalahti Nature Reserve ©
Laajalahti Nature Reserve

4
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
Explore hidden gems such as Bellevue Beach and Turku Cathedral. Visiting Tulliniemi Nature Path and The Archipelago Trail will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Abo Akademi, examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Turku

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Hanko, Moomin World
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Tulliniemi Nature Path ©
Tulliniemi Nature Path
Bellevue Beach ©
Bellevue Beach
The Archipelago Trail ©
The Archipelago Trail

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 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nallikari Beach and then tour or see a game at Oulu Climbing Centre.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Oulu online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Turku to Oulu by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Oulu are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach
Oulu Climbing Centre ©
Oulu Climbing Centre

1
night
Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stop by Shopping Center Kumpare and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at The Predator Center in Kuusamo, explore the striking landscape at Julma Olkky, and then examine the collection at Hannu Hautala Nature Photography Centre.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kuusamo visit planner .

You can drive from Oulu to Kuusamo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Punkaharju.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Julma Olkky ©
Julma Olkky
Shopping Center Kumpare ©
Shopping Center Kumpare

1
night
Punkaharju

Punkaharju ©
Punkaharju is a former municipality of Finland. On the 23rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to The Parikkala Sculpture Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Punkaharju Ridge, see the interesting displays at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Johanna Oras Art Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kerimaki Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Punkaharju tour itinerary builder .

You can drive from Kuusamo to Punkaharju in 7 hours. Another option is to fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Punkaharju

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, The Parikkala Sculpture Park, Pikkukirkko
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The Parikkala Sculpture Park ©
The Parikkala Sculpture Park
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum

1
night
Jyvaskyla

Jyvaskyla
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Laajis.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jyvaskyla trip planner.

Drive from Punkaharju to Jyvaskyla in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Jyvaskyla are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence and then play a few rounds at Tapiola Golf.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Helsinki trip planner .

You can drive from Jyvaskyla to Helsinki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tapiola Golf
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Tapiola Golf ©
Tapiola Golf
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence

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