12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

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12 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly + train:  8​h 45​min
1
Tampere
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Rovaniemi
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
4
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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 11th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sarkanniemi Theme Park. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tampere Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vapriikin Museokeskus, then enjoy breathtaking views from Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Hatanpaa Arboretum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Tampere trip itinerary maker site .

Lisbon, Portugal to Tampere is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Lisbon to Tampere due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect Tampere to be a bit cooler, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

Parks Museums Theme Parks
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Sarkanniemi Theme Park ©
Sarkanniemi Theme Park
Hatanpaa Arboretum ©
Hatanpaa Arboretum
Vapriikin Museokeskus ©
Vapriikin Museokeskus

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 13th (Sat), have some family-friendly fun at Moomin World, then step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle, then examine the collection at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Turku Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Naantali Old Town, then trek along The Archipelago Trail, and then get lost in a book at Turku City Library.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Turku trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Tampere to Turku by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Turku, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Turku

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Naantali
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Moomin World ©
Moomin World
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral

1
night
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 15th (Mon), stop by Your Piece Of Finland, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, then Head underground at Syvasenvaara Fell, and finally get in on the family fun at Santa Claus Village.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rovaniemi trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by flight from Turku to Rovaniemi takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Rovaniemi can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

Theme Parks Parks Nature
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Arktikum ©
Arktikum
Your Piece Of Finland ©
Your Piece Of Finland

2
nights
Koli National Park

Koli National Park ©
Koli National Park is known for trails, nature, museums, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Neitikoski Rapids, trek along Akka-Koli Hill, tour the pleasant surroundings at Paha-Koli Hill, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pielinen.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Koli National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Rovaniemi to Koli National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in July, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Koli Shop Retkitupa
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Ukko-Koli Hill ©
Ukko-Koli Hill
Neitikoski Rapids ©
Neitikoski Rapids
Uhrihalkeama ©
Uhrihalkeama

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.
Pack the 21st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sea Fortress Suomenlinna, take an in-depth tour of Seurasaari Island and Open-Air Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Uspenskin Cathedral (Uspenskin Katedraali), and make a trip to Senate Square.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Helsinki driving holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Koli National Park to Helsinki. July in Helsinki sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks
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Sea Fortress Suomenlinna ©
Sea Fortress Suomenlinna
Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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