12 days in Finland Itinerary

12 days in Finland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Helsinki
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Turku
— 1 night
Fly
3
Kouvola
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Imatra
— 1 night
Drive
5
Koli National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Oulu
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Pack the 9th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Temppeliaukio Church, stroll around Kaisaneimi Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and get to know the fascinating history of The Esplanadi Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Helsinki itinerary planner.

Calgary, Canada to Helsinki is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 9 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Helsinki can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Turku.

Things to do in Helsinki

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:

Turku

— 1 night
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 10th (Sun), stroll through Bike Rental - by Carfield, explore the historical opulence of Turku Castle, then explore the galleries of Forum Marinum Maritime Centre, and finally examine the collection at Luostarinmaen Kasityolaismuseo.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Turku road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Helsinki to Turku takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kouvola.

Things to do in Turku

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 10:

Kouvola

— 2 nights
Kouvola is a town and municipality in southeastern Finland. On the 11th (Mon), see the interesting displays at World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill and then hike along Niivermaki Nature Conservation Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Repovesi National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kouvola online tour builder.

Fly from Turku to Kouvola in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Kouvola sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Imatra.

Things to do in Kouvola

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Imatra

— 1 night
Although predominately an industrial town, Imatra boasts a long and impressive history of tourism, largely owing to its fierce rapids, considered to have been Finland's first ever tourist attraction.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tainionkosken Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, and then admire the engineering at Imatrankoski.

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You can drive from Kouvola to Imatra in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Imatra are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Koli National Park.

Things to do in Imatra

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 13:

Koli National Park

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): trek along Akka-Koli Hill and then stroll through Paha-Koli Hill. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Ukko-Koli Hill, then enjoy breathtaking views from Rasavaara Observation tower, and then relax and rejuvenate at Koli Relax Spa.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Koli National Park day trip app.

Traveling by car from Imatra to Koli National Park takes 3.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Oulu.

Things to do in Koli National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 13 — 15:

Oulu

— 1 night
Oulu is a city and municipality of inhabitants in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. On the 16th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Oulu Cathedral and then walk around Hupisaaret Park.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Oulu online holiday planner.

Drive from Koli National Park to Oulu in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In July in Oulu, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 14°C at night. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Oulu

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 15 — 16:

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."