12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Helsinki
1
Helsinki
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h
2
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kuopio
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
4
Turku
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Tampere
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Raahe
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Helsinki

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rock Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip planner .

If you are flying in from Romania, the closest major airport is Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukion Church ©
Temppeliaukion Church
Kamppi Chapel of Silence ©
Kamppi Chapel of Silence

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Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, see the interesting displays at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, and finally examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Savonlinna online travel planner .

Getting from Helsinki to Savonlinna by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kuopio.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kerimaki Church, Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
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Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum ©
Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum
Olavinlinna Castle ©
Olavinlinna Castle
Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

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Kuopio

Kuopio ©
Kuopio is a city and a municipality located in the region of Northern Savonia, Finland. On the 15th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Valkeisenlampi, get a sense of history and politics at Kuopio Market City Hall, and then take in panoramic vistas at Puijo Tower. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kulttuurihistoriallinen Museo, examine the collection at Kuopion Korttelimuseo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nikolaos Cathedral, and finally explore and take pictures at Tahko Farmi.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kuopio trip site .

You can drive from Savonlinna to Kuopio in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. August in Kuopio sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Turku.

Things to do in Kuopio

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Tahko Farmi
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Kuopion Korttelimuseo ©
Kuopion Korttelimuseo
Puijo Tower ©
Puijo Tower
Kuopio Market City Hall ©
Kuopio Market City Hall

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Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 17th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World. On the next day, let little ones run wild at Adventure Park, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, then learn about all things military at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally browse the collection at Turku City Library.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Turku day trip planner.

Getting from Kuopio to Turku by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August in Turku, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo ©
Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo

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Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, see the interesting displays at Tampere City Library, Metso, then see the interesting displays at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tampere visit planner.

Take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Tampere sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Raahe.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©

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Raahe

Raahe ©
Raahe is a town and municipality of Finland. On the 21st (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Raahe Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Raahe sightseeing website .

Drive from Tampere to Raahe in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daily temperatures in Raahe can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Raahe

Museums
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Raahe Museum ©
Raahe Museum

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Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Pyha-Luosto National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): see Santa Claus Office, explore the fascinating underground world of Syvasenvaara Fell, then explore the different monuments and memorials at German Soldier s Cemetery, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, and finally take in the views from Lumberjack's Candle Bridge.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi road trip planner .

Drive from Raahe to Rovaniemi in 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Pyha-Luosto National Park
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
German Soldier s Cemetery ©
German Soldier s Cemetery

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