11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland route planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kuhmo
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Johannes Church and Kallio Church. Get some historical perspective at The Aalto House and Urho Kekkonen Museum Tamminiemi. Get out of town with these interesting Helsinki side-trips: Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius (in Jarvenpaa), Hvittrask (in Kirkkonummi) and Porvoo (Porvoo Old Town & Brunberg Candy Factory Shop). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Sinebrychoff Art Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Toolo Bay (Toolonlahti), look for gifts at Academic Bookstore (Akateeminen Kirjakauppa), and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki visit app.

London, UK to Helsinki is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Helsinki are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

Savonlinna

— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Explore hidden gems such as Olavinlinnan Musta Passi and Paaskylahden kirkko. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pikkukirkko and St. George Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Savonlinna: Mikkeli (Mikkeli Rural Parish Church, Konsertti-ja Kongressitalo Mikaeli, &more) and Salpa Line (in Kerimaki). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Kirkkoniemen Kellotapuli, appreciate the history behind The Spirit of the fortress, get your bearings at Riihisaari, and see the interesting displays at S/S Salama.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Savonlinna travel route planner.

Fly from Helsinki to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kuhmo.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Kuhmo

— 2 nights
Kuhmo is a town and a municipality in Finland and is located at the south-eastern corner of the Kainuu region. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll through Wild Taiga and then shop like a local with Kuhmo Arts Centre.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kuhmo trip maker site.

Drive from Savonlinna to Kuhmo in 5 hours. You'll set off for Rovaniemi on the 11th (Sat).

Things to do in Kuhmo

Nightlife · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 11:
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Rovaniemi

— 3 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll the grounds of German Soldier s Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Museum - Gallery Alariesto, then shop like a local with Marttiini Store Old Factory, then examine the collection at Santa's House of Snowmobiles, and finally browse the different shops at Arctic Circle Mall.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Kuhmo to Rovaniemi in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

Finland travel guide

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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."