11 days in Finland Itinerary

11 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland visit planner

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Make it your trip
Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Helsinki
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Helsinki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kouvola
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Gemert

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Helsinki

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temppeliaukio Church, and then take a stroll through Katajanokka. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nuuksio National Park.

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

Gemert, The Netherlands to Helsinki is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Gemert to Helsinki. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Gemert in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Tampere.

Things to do in Helsinki

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Tampere

— 2 nights

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
On the 13th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampereen Tuomiokirkko, and finally stroll through Rauhaniemi Beach. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Riihiniemen Uimaranta, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hatanpaa Arboretum, and then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tampere trip planner.

You can drive from Helsinki to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kouvola.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors
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Kouvola

— 3 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. Explore Kouvola's surroundings by going to Hamina Old Town (in Hamina), Lappeenranta (Lappeenrannan kirkko, Lappeenranta Fortress, &more) and Kotka (Sapokka Water Garden, Linden Esplanade, &more). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Repovesi National Park.

Plan my day in Kouvola using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Kouvola takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Kouvola are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can fly to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kouvola

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 18:

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.
Get outdoors at Ranua Zoo and Auttikongas. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village, get curious at Science Centre Pilke, see Santa Claus Office, and find something for the whole family at Moomin Snowcastle.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kouvola to Rovaniemi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Kouvola, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Rovaniemi, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. On the 21st (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Parks · Museums · Nature · Fun & Games

Side Trip

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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."