12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Helsinki
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Turku
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
3
Tampere
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Kokkola
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Oulu
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 30​min
7
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h 30​min
8
Kuusamo
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
9
Lieksa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
10
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
11
Porvoo
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h
End: Dubai

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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.
On the 4th (Sun), brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukion Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Senate Square.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Helsinki online trip itinerary builder .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Helsinki is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in August, things will get cooler in Helsinki: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Museums
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Temppeliaukio Church ©
Temppeliaukio Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get your game on at Moomin World, then hike along Bike Rental - by Carfield, then get lost in a book at Turku City Library, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Turku sightseeing planner .

Drive from Helsinki to Turku in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Fun & Games Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

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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 6th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum and then see the sky in a new way at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tampere driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Vaasa.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Childrens Museums Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum

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Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 7th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Mustasaaren kirkko, then see the interesting displays at Terranova, and then stroll through Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Vaasa online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Tampere to Vaasa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Vaasa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kokkola.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Mustasaaren kirkko ©
Mustasaaren kirkko

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Kokkola

Kokkola ©
Kokkola is a town and municipality of Finland. Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): examine the collection at Pedagogy, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, examine the collection at Lassander House, K.H.Renlund museum - Provincial Museum of Central Ostrobothnia, then see the interesting displays at K.H. Renlund Museum, then wander the streets of Neristan (Old Wooden Town), and finally examine the collection at The Toivonen Animal Park and Peasant Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kokkola holiday builder site .

Getting from Vaasa to Kokkola by car takes about 2 hours. August in Kokkola sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Kokkola

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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K.H. Renlund Museum ©
K.H. Renlund Museum
Neristan (Old Wooden Town) ©
Neristan (Old Wooden Town)

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Oulu

Oulu
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Nallikari Beach, walk around Ainolan Puisto, and then stroll around Hupisaaret Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Oulu trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kokkola to Oulu in 3 hours. August in Oulu sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hupisaaret Park
Hupisaaret Park
Ainolan Puisto ©
Ainolan Puisto
Nallikari Beach ©
Nallikari Beach

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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 10th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Poro Farmi, take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then look for gifts at LAURI Handicraft Shop & Atelier, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village.

To see maps and other tourist information, read Rovaniemi itinerary tool .

Take a train from Oulu to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Kuusamo.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village

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Kuusamo

Kuusamo ©
Kuusamo is a town and municipality in Finland. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): head outdoors with Karhunkierros, get a taste of life in the country at Kujala Reindeer Farm, and then experience rural life at Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kuusamo online road trip planner .

Getting from Rovaniemi to Kuusamo by bus takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Kuusamo can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Lieksa.

Things to do in Kuusamo

Outdoors
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Karhunkierros ©
Karhunkierros
Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm ©
Kujala Reindeer Farm ©
Kujala Reindeer Farm

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Lieksa

Lieksa ©
Lieksa is a town and municipality of Finland.It is located in the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the North Karelia region. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Pielisen Museum, then make a trip to Paateri, and then head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lieksa driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kuusamo to Lieksa by car takes about 5.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Lieksa can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Lieksa

Outdoors Museums
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Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Paateri ©
Paateri
Pielisen Museum ©
Pielisen Museum

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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 13th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Pikkukirkko, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church, then examine the collection at Lusto - The Finnish Forest Museum, and finally pick up some local products at Savonlinna Market Square.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Lieksa to Savonlinna takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Porvoo.

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
Kerimaki Church ©
Kerimaki Church

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Porvoo

Porvoo ©
Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Porvoo.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Porvoo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Porvoo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. August in Porvoo sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

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