12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Porvoo
— Few hours
Drive:  4 h
3
Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Koli
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 15 min
7
Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Tampere
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
9
Helsinki
— Few hours
Fly:  9 h 30 min
End: Dubai

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, make a trip to Senate Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then contemplate the long history of Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally get engrossed in the history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Helsinki trip website.

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 changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in August, expect Helsinki to be colder, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

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

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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.
On the 6th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Porvoo.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Porvoo trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Porvoo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites
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Cathedral of Porvoo ©
Cathedral of Porvoo

1
night
Savonlinna

Savonlinna ©
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at Savonlinna Provincial Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Savonlinna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porvoo to Savonlinna takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums
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Savonlinna Provincial Museum ©
Savonlinna Provincial Museum

1
night
Koli

Koli ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and then trek along Paha-Koli Hill. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower and then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Koli vacation builder.

You can drive from Savonlinna to Koli in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Koli are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli National Park
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Pielinen ©
Pielinen
Paha-Koli Hill ©
Paha-Koli Hill

2
nights
Rovaniemi

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): experience rural life at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then take an in-depth tour of Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rovaniemi travel route planner.

You can drive from Koli to Rovaniemi in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In August, daytime highs in Rovaniemi are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Oulu.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Safaris
Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum

1
night
Oulu

Oulu ©
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Kauppahalli.

Plan trip to Oulu with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Rovaniemi to Oulu in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In August in Oulu, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Shopping Historic Sites
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Kauppahalli ©
Kauppahalli

1
night
Vaasa

Vaasa ©
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa route builder website.

Traveling by car from Oulu to Vaasa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. August in Vaasa sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site ©
Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site

1
night
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 12th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and then look and learn at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Tampere trip itinerary builder site.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Childrens Museums
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing ©
Amuri Museum of Workers' Housing
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower

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Helsinki

Helsinki
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You can drive from Tampere to Helsinki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 13th (Tue).

Things to do in Helsinki

Tours Outdoors Museums
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