12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Prague
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Oulu
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
3
Kemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
5
Oulu
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Helsinki
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Prague

4
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Haagan Alppiruusupuisto as well as Kaivopuisto. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Fortress of Suomenlinna, wander the streets of Ullanlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Helsinki itinerary planner .

Prague, Czech Republic to Helsinki is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Prague in August: highs in Helsinki hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for Oulu.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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hours
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Oulu tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Helsinki to Oulu by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. August in Oulu sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

2
nights
Kemi

Kemi ©
Kemi is a town and municipality of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Kemin Jalokivigalleria (Kemi Gemstone Gallery), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tornio Church, and then get engrossed in the history at The Provincial Museum Of Tornio Valley.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kemi holiday planner .

Getting from Oulu to Kemi by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Kemi

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tornio
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Sampo Icebreaker ©
Sampo Icebreaker
Kemi Church ©
Kemi Church

3
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 22nd (Wed), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, don't miss a visit to Marttiinin Wanha Tehdas, then have fun at Santa Claus Office, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Kemi to Rovaniemi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

2
nights
Oulu

Oulu
You've now added Koitelinkoski to your itinerary. On the 25th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oulu Cathedral and then explore the activities along Koitelinkoski. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, examine the collection at Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museo, then stroll through Ainolan Puisto, and finally appreciate the history behind Toripolliisi.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Oulu trip planner .

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Koitelinkoski
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Koitelinkoski
Koitelinkoski
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

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hours
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
On the 27th (Mon), browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakaniemi Market, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then pause for some photo ops at Sibelius Monument.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Oulu to Helsinki takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks Shopping Fun & Games
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Sibelius Monument ©
Sibelius Monument
Room Escape Games
Hakaniemi Market ©
Hakaniemi Market

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