12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland itinerary planner

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Fly
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Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Porvoo
Fly
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Savonlinna
— 1 night
Drive
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Koli
— 1 night
Drive
5
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Oulu
— 1 night
Drive
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Vaasa
— 1 night
Drive
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Tampere
— 1 night
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Helsinki
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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.
On the 4th (Sun), browse the eclectic array of goods at Market Square Kauppatori, make a trip to Senate Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), then brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, and finally steep yourself in history at Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum. On your second day here, admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Helsinki Central Railway Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kamppi Chapel of Silence.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki sightseeing planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Helsinki is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Helsinki is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Dubai in August, things will get much colder in Helsinki: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Porvoo.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Porvoo

Porvoo, one of Finland's oldest and prettiest towns, boasts cobbled streets, famous red-brick warehouses, and a charming river.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of Porvoo.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Porvoo trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Porvoo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; 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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Savonlinna

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

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Savonlinna journey maker site.

Traveling by flight from Porvoo to Savonlinna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Savonlinna can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Koli.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Museums
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Koli

— 1 night
On the 7th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Koli Nature Centre Ukko, contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen, and then hike along Paha-Koli Hill. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower and then trek along Ukko-Koli Hill.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Koli road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Savonlinna to Koli takes 3 hours. In August in Koli, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Koli

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 8:

Rovaniemi

— 2 nights

Official Hometown of Santa Claus

An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 9th (Fri), get a taste of life in the country at Napapiirin Porofarmi, then get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then see Santa Claus Office, and finally don't miss a visit to Santa Claus Village. On your second day here, take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rovaniemi trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Koli to Rovaniemi takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August in Rovaniemi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. 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 · Tours · Outdoors · Museums
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Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Kauppahalli.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Oulu route builder app.

Traveling by car from Rovaniemi to Oulu takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Vaasa.

Things to do in Oulu

Shopping · Historic Sites
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Vaasa

— 1 night
Vaasa is a city on the west coast of Finland. On the 11th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Kvarken Archipelago World Heritage Site.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vaasa sightseeing planner.

Getting from Oulu to Vaasa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. 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

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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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 12th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampereen Tuomiokirkko and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Sarkanniemi Theme Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tampere, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Vaasa to Tampere in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In August in Tampere, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Helsinki.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Helsinki

Daughter of the Baltic

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Helsinki trip itinerary builder tool.

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

Things to do in Helsinki

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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."