12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Fly to Joensuu Airport, Drive to Koli National Park
Koli National Park
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 1 night
Train to Helsinki, Fly to Milan



— 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.
Helsinki is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, brush up on your military savvy at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, pause for some serene contemplation at Helsinki Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Helsinki trip planner.

Milan, Italy to Helsinki is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Milan in August; daily highs in Helsinki reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 12:

Koli National Park

— 4 nights
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.
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hike along Paha-Koli Hill, stroll through Makravaara Hill, take in panoramic vistas at Rasavaara Observation tower, and relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Koli National Park online tour builder.

Explore your travel options from Helsinki to Koli National Park with the Route module. August in Koli National Park sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Savonlinna.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:


— 2 nights
The picturesque town of Savonlinna sits on two islands surrounded by shimmering lakes and lush greenery.
On the 17th (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the historical opulence of Olavinlinna Castle, and then don't miss a visit to Pikkukirkko. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kerimaki Church and then don't miss a visit to Rapio Mill.

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You can drive from Koli National Park to Savonlinna in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Savonlinna are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Turku.

Things to do in Savonlinna

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 18:


— 1 night
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 19th (Fri): trek along Bike Rental - by Carfield, take an in-depth tour of Turku Castle, then get engrossed in the history at Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally contemplate the long history of Turku Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip tool.

Getting from Savonlinna to Turku by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tampere.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 19:


— 1 night

Manchester of the North

Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Sarkanniemi Theme Park and then examine the collection at Moomin Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tampere planner.

You can drive from Turku to Tampere in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Tampere are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tampere

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 20:

Finland travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Specialty 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."