12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Porvoo
Drive
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Jyvaskyla
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
Drive
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Hameenlinna
Drive
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Turku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Helsinki
— 1 night

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Helsinki

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vallisaari and Pihlajasaari Recreational Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Ainola - The Home of Aino and Jean Sibelius (in Jarvenpaa) and Kaitalampi (in Espoo). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Senate Square, get engrossed in the history at Helsinki City Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Esplanadi Park, and see the interesting displays at Military Museum of Manes.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Helsinki driving holiday planning tool.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Helsinki Vantaa Airport, Turku Airport and Tampere-Pirkkala Airport. In August in Helsinki, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Porvoo

Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
On the 9th (Mon), admire the striking features of Cathedral of Porvoo.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Porvoo trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Helsinki to Porvoo in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In August in Porvoo, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Porvoo

Historic Sites
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Savonlinna

— 1 night
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Savonlinna tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Porvoo to Savonlinna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 10th (Tue), you're off to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Koli National Park

— 1 night
Although many Koli National Park tours revolve around the majestic natural landscape, there are still plenty of things to see and do for those pursuing culture and heritage.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen and then hike along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Koli National Park online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli National Park takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jyvaskyla.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Jyvaskyla

— 1 night
Jyväskylä is a city and municipality in Finland and in the western part of the Finnish Lakeland. On the 11th (Wed), walk around Maki-Matin perhepuisto and then examine the collection at The Alvar Aalto Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Jyvaskyla online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Koli National Park to Jyvaskyla takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Jyvaskyla are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Jyvaskyla

Museums · Parks
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Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 12th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Mustasaaren kirkko and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bock’s Corner Brewery.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Vaasa trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Jyvaskyla to Vaasa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Tampere.

Things to do in Vaasa

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
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Tampere

— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Finlayson Church and then see the interesting displays at The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tampere day trip site.

You can take a train from Vaasa to Tampere in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in August, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Hameenlinna.

Things to do in Tampere

Historic Sites · Museums
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Hameenlinna

Hämeenlinna is a city and municipality of about inhabitants in the heart of the historical province of Häme in the south of Finland. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museo Militaria.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Hameenlinna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tampere to Hameenlinna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Hameenlinna sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Turku.

Things to do in Hameenlinna

Museums
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Turku

— 2 nights
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Turku online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Hameenlinna to Turku by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Turku are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Helsinki.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours
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Helsinki

— 1 night

Daughter of the Baltic

On the 16th (Mon), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, explore the galleries of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Temppeliaukio Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Helsinki holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Turku to Helsinki takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours
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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."